Patrol prepared for National School Bus Safety Week
October 15, 2015 - 10:46 PM
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is participating in National
School Bus Safety week, which runs October 19 through October 23. This
year’s theme, “Be smart. Be seen. I wait in a safe place!” reminds us
that children aren’t just at risk when boarding or exiting a bus; they
must also stand in a safe, visible space when waiting for the bus to
Throughout the week, troopers across the state of Ohio
will be highly visible, enforcing the law in and around school zones
and following school buses on their daily routes. In addition, troopers
may be found riding on school buses looking for motorists passing
stopped school buses and other crash-causing violations.
“Although drivers of all vehicles are required to stop
for a school bus when it is loading or unloading passengers, children
should not rely on them to do so,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol
superintendent. “Children exiting the bus should always stop and look
both ways before crossing the street and remain alert to any sudden
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either
direction should remember they are required to stop a least 10 feet back
from buses displaying red flashing lights and an extended stop arm.
From 2012 through 2014, 4,059 motorists were cited for failing to stop
for a school bus when it was loading or unloading children.