Safety Tips for Back to School Driving

By Peter DePaolis

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 14 children die annually in school transportation-related crashes. Since school is back in session, safety should be a top priority for all drivers.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind while on the road this school year:

  • In all 50 states, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus that is loading/unloading children
  • Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia law states that you can pass a stopped school bus on the opposite side of the road; however, all traffic behind a school bus must always stop
  • The 10 feet surrounding a school bus is considered the most dangerous area for children; be sure you give an appropriate amount of space to buses while driving
  • School buses use yellow flashing lights to communicate to drivers that they are stopping. A red flashing light and an extended arm signal indicates the bus is stopping and children are getting on/off
  • Speeding tickets in school zones can be expensive and laws are strict. If you are approaching a school zone and see flashing signals, 25 mph is the maximum speed limit you should be traveling.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.