OHIO, (WOWO): The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be participating in National School Bus Safety week. It runs from now through October 24th. This year’s theme, “At My Stop, You Stop.”
The goal of the national campaign is to remind drivers that the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children is when they get on and off the bus.
“Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop for a school bus when it is loading or unloading passengers, children should not rely on them to do so,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden traffic changes.”
Drivers approaching a stopped school bus from either direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm. Throughout the week, troopers across the state of Ohio will be highly visible, enforcing the law in and around school zones and following school buses on their daily routes.