FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Connecticut State Troopers are urging parents and children to exercise extra caution as more than a half-million kids will return to school in the coming weeks.
Troopers are reminding all parents and guardians to discuss school, traffic, and personal safety with their children. Troopers also caution all drivers to be aware of “back to school” bus, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic.
Drivers are urged to use extra caution as they travel on Connecticut’s roadways, and to be alert to children who may be hurrying to and from school. Under state law, it is mandatory that drivers stop for school buses that have their flashing red warning lights activated, whether they are approaching or following the school bus.
The yellow flashing lights are a warning to drivers that the bus will be stopping to pick up and/or drop- off students. Drivers should anticipate that the red flashing lights will come on shortly after seeing the yellow flashing lights as the bus comes to a stop.
Failure to obey this law not only puts children at great risk, but also carries a hefty penalty for drivers. Fines for passing a school bus that has its flashing red warning lights activated starts at $465 for a first offense.
Parents should remind their children to wait in a safe place, out of the travel portion of the roadway, and only cross the street after looking both ways, even if the red lights are activated.
Children should also be reminded not to speak to, or get into the vehicles of people they don’t know.
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