With summer break ending for thousands of Ohio children later this month, the Ohio State Highway Patrol reminds motorists to plan ahead and allow extra time for school bus stops.
From 2014-16, a total of 4,160 drivers were convicted of failing to stop for a school bus that was loading or dropping off passengers. As the buses return to the roadways, the OSHP has a few reminders for motorists. Motorists are required to stop at least 10 feet in front of or behind a school bus when flashing lights and an extended arm are displayed. Drivers also must not resume driving until the school bus begins moving.
“Safety on the roadway is a shared responsibility,” said Lt. Shaun J. Robinson, commander of the Toledo post. “Motorists should always exercise caution while children are exiting and boarding a bus.”
School buses are required to be inspected twice every year to ensure the buses are safe to transport children to and from school, as well as to school-sanctioned events.
For a complete statistical breakdown of school bus inspections, crashes and passing stopped school bus violations, visit http://statepatrol.ohio.gov/doc/School_Bus_Bulletin_2017.pdf.