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Watch for Students and School Buses as the School Year Begins

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) urges motorists to be alert for students and school buses now that school has begun here in the state.

In a press release, PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch said, “As students return to the classroom, drivers who haven’t had to drive around buses or students for months must be alert for bus stops and school zones. The consequences of just a moment of distraction could prove to be tragic.”

PennDOT reminds motorists that if they approach a school bus when its red lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended, their vehicle must stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Only when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Still, motorists should be watching for students crossing the road. A motorist who violates the school bus stopping law faces a $250 fine, five points on their driving record, and a 60-day license suspension.

Drivers should also watch their speed when in a school zone. Motorists must slow down to 15 mph in posted school zones. Those who violate this law face a fine and three points on their driving record.

Best of luck to all the students returning to school here in Schuylkill County. Make this your best year ever!