Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – National School Bus Safety Week takes place this week and local school officials are focusing on educating communities about the dangers of not knowing the rules about school buses.
At least 6,000 Bay County students rely on the school bus to get to and from school.
This year the theme is “Be Safe, Know the Danger Zone”.
The danger zone is the area immediately surrounding the school bus.
Bay District School Safety Training Manager Gary Montoya said it is important for children on the bus to know how to look both ways and wait for the bus driver to signal them to cross. Montoya also stressed that children should act in the school bus as they would in class so as not to distract the driver, and also to fasten their seat belts.
Although National School Bus Safety Week is only a week long, Montoya believes drivers should think carefully about driving near school buses year-round.
The biggest problem he said they face as bus drivers is people running red lights.
“A child was almost hit last week by someone refusing to stop, and that could have been a whole different story,” Montoya said.
Montoya also wants drivers to know when there is a median or barrier in the center of the road, traffic in the opposite direction can continue, but anyone traveling in the same direction as the school bus should stop.
Bay District Schools is also always on the lookout for bus drivers. You can find more information about the job here.
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