Be aware of school buses and school zones! That’s the message police departments across the state are putting out as over a half million children head back to school over the next few weeks.
Police say with the influx of heavy traffic and pedestrians, it’s crucial drivers don’t speed and obey state laws when it comes to school buses and school zones.
State law says the fine for passing a stopped bus with the red flashing lights turned on is $465. Red flashing lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. Yellow lights mean the bus is about to stop.
The fine for speeding in a school zone can be anywhere from $181 to $286.
State Police are warning drivers to be alert about kids who may be hurrying to class. And police want parents to talk to their kids about looking both ways before crossing any street.
If your kids take the bus, state police want you to remind them to wait in a safe place, away from the road and where the bus pulls up to the curb.