Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY, Florida (WMBB) – National School Bus Safety Week takes place this week and attention is focused on educating communities about the dangers of not knowing the rules regarding school buses.
This year the theme is “Be Safe, Know the Danger Zone”.
The danger zone is the area immediately surrounding the school bus.
Bay District Schools Transportation trains children who ride a bus on the rules and the importance of looking both ways and waiting for the bus driver to signal them to cross.
Richard Dashiell, head of transport safety and training at BDS, said it was important to know all the rules because it can save lives.
“Not everyone understands that there are risks in having the buses on the roads because children come and go from the buses,” Dashiell said. “When we stop a school bus at the side of the road, we stop traffic. We put on the red lights, so if people see those flashing red lights on a school bus, we need them to stop because there may be a child crossing the street.
Dashiell said if 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 must stop.
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