At A. Oliveros Transportation, the safety of our passengers is our number one concern, and although we have a well-trained, trustworthy, and reliable staff, our buses are not the only vehicles on the road. It is the responsibility of every Florida driver to familiarize him/herself with the state’s traffic laws, but many of us fall short. The laws regarding conduct around school buses are in place for a reason, and it is important that we all know and understand them. Please spend a few minutes with the information below to join our efforts in keeping our children safe!
When to Stop for a School Bus
You’re driving directly behind a school bus when it suddenly slows and comes to a stop. When picking kids up or dropping them off, school buses will always stop as close to the side of the road as possible, but this is not an invitation to pass! When a school bus stops to pick up or drop off students, the driver will turn on his/her flashing red lights and display a stop sign. That sign is not a suggestion, and you must always stop when the sign is out and the lights are flashing. Failure to do so could result in fines and even a suspended license.
Who Stops for a School Bus?
All drivers must stop when a bus’s flashing lights and stop sign are displayed, including drivers going the opposite direction. This allows students racing to or exiting the bus the opportunity to cross the street safely without having to worry about oncoming traffic. As with most rules, there is one exception. Drivers traveling in the opposite direction on a divided highway do not need to stop for a school bus. The division between the sides of the road must be an unpaved area of at least five feet, a physical barrier, or a raised median for the exception to apply.
Let’s keep school bus transportation in Miami safe for our kids by adhering to traffic laws and always staying alert!