It’s the time of year when more cars, more buses, and more kids are out on the roads. It is every
motorist’s responsibility to help keep kids safe. Review these tips for sharing the road.

School Buses

Children are unpredictable when walking from the bus. Use extra precaution around busses
and stop far enough away to allow children a safe area to enter and exit. Yellow flashing lights
indicate a bus is stopping, the following laws apply:

  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to unload children or to pass on
    the right.
  • Traffic in both directions must stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or
    exiting a school bus.

Child Pedestrians

Children are the most difficult to see and the least predictable. Pay extra attention for children
in school zones, residential areas, playgrounds, and parks. Remember the following rules of the

  • Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all intersections.
  • Do not block crosswalks when stopped at a red light or waiting to turn.
  • When school zone flashers are blinking, you must stop for pedestrians.

Child Bicyclists

While bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other roadway users, children
create special problems as they are often incapable of proper judgment. Use the following
precautions to share the road with bicyclists:

  • When passing a bicyclist, leave at least three feet of space between you and
    the bicycle.
  • When turning, wait for a bicyclist to pass in the intersection before completing
    your turn.
  • Watch for bikes coming out of driveways or from behind parked cars.

Source: National Safety Council