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School Bus Safety Enforcement

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STOP Sign

for the school bus
a reminder to motorists

 

 

 

The Bladensburg Police Department began increased enforcement on school bus routes.  The increased enforcement will correspond with school opening dates and continue all school year.

 This is the time of year when we rely on motorists to increase their vigilance in residential areas, on school bus routes and in school zones.  Children and traffic are always a volatile combination because children tend toward impulsive decisions, which can be deadly. Drivers should not assume child pedestrians will make responsible, mature decisions.

 

Maryland Transportation Code § 21-706. Overtaking and passing school vehicle.

(a)  Driver to stop on meeting or overtaking stopped school vehicle - In general.- If a school vehicle has stopped on a roadway and is operating the alternately flashing red lights specified in § 22-228 of this article, the driver of any other vehicle meeting or overtaking the school vehicle shall stop at least 20 feet from the rear of the school vehicle, if approaching the school vehicle from its rear, or at least 20 feet from the front of the school vehicle, if approaching the school vehicle from its front.

(b)  Same - When vehicles may proceed.- If a school vehicle has stopped on a roadway and is operating the alternately flashing red lights, the driver of any other vehicle meeting or overtaking the school vehicle may not proceed until the school vehicle resumes motion or the alternately flashing red lights are deactivated.

(c)  Exceptions.- This section does not apply to the driver of a vehicle on a divided highway, if the school vehicle is on a different roadway.

$275 fine and 3-points


 

The Danger Zone

The most dangerous part of the school bus ride is getting on and off the school bus. Pedestrian fatalities (while loading and unloading school buses) account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities, when compared to school bus occupant fatalities. The loading and unloading area is called the “Danger Zone”.

The “Danger Zone” is the area on all sides of the bus where children are in the most danger of not being seen by the driver (ten feet in front of the bus where the driver may be too high to see a child, ten feet on either side of the bus where a child may be in the driver’s blind spot, and the area behind the school bus).

 

Danger Zone

 

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