Reminders issued about bus stop safety

Published 10:15 pm Tuesday, October 15, 2019

School officials are issuing a reminder about bus stop safety to students and motorists alike after a King’s Fork High School student was struck at his Market Street bus stop Monday.

The student suffered serious injuries — a broken leg and broken hand among them, division spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said Tuesday — but the injuries are not considered life-threatening.

City spokeswoman Diana Klink stated Tuesday afternoon that the accident was still under investigation.

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The division posted safety reminders on its websites and social media platforms, and schools were reminding students about bus stop safety, Bradshaw stated in a Tuesday morning email. Families were also being contacted by recorded messages, and the Transportation Department is reviewing bus stop locations to ensure pedestrian safety, she said.

Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about safety at the bus stop, the safety reminders stated. Motorists were also being reminded of the rules.

When a school bus is stopped with flashing red lights and an extended stop sign:

  • Vehicles traveling in both directions must stop on two-lane and four-lane roads.
  • Vehicles traveling in both directions must stop on a multi-lane road with a paved center turn lane.
  • On a divided highway with a barrier or grass median, only vehicles behind the bus must stop. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction should proceed with caution.

Passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights and extended stop sign could result in a motorist being charged with reckless driving and getting six demerit points on their DMV record.