With the new school year here for many of the area students this week and not far off for the remainder, the Kansas Highway Patrol is asking motorists to remind themselves to look out for the children going to and from school. Patrol Superintendent Colonel Terry Maples said, “It’s easy for children to get caught up in their thoughts and excitement from the day, and it’s our responsibility to look out for them.”
During August the KHP will visit each school district in the state and will check somewhere in the neighborhood of 9,000 school vehicles’ equipment and mechanical conditions.
Colonel Maples also says it is beneficial to discuss school bus safety with children throughout the year.
Here are some school bus safety tips the KHP says parents should discuss with their children:
• Do not hurry to get on or off the bus. Get to the bus stop at least 5-minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive.
• When the bus approaches, stand at least five giant steps away from the roadside, and line up away from the street.
• Wait until the bus stops, the door opens, and the driver says it is OK before stepping onto the bus. Use the handrails to avoid falls. Be careful clothes, shoelaces, book bags, or other items are secure and do not get caught on the handrail or door of the bus.
• If you have to cross in front of the bus, walk on the sidewalk or along the side of the road at least five giant steps (10-feet) ahead of the bus before you cross in front of it.