Do you know the speed limit in school zones when children are present? How about whether or not you can pass a school bus with flashing red lights on a divided highway?
As administrators of South San Francisco Unified School District get the facilities ready for children to return August 17th and elementary and secondary faculty prepare their lesson plans for the 2016-17 academic year, it’s a good time for drivers to take a refresher look at how to navigate roadways filled with school buses and students.
California’s Department of Motor Vehicle regulations state:
- When a driver of a vehicle meets or overtakes, from either direction, a stopped school bus displaying a flashing red light or a stop signal arm, you should stop your vehicle immediately and wait for the light to go off and the arm to be retracted before proceeding. However, if you’re on a divided highway or multi-lane highway that has two or more lanes in each direction, you do not need to stop when you meet or pass a bus on the other roadway.
- When driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street, the speed limit is 25 mph unless otherwise posted. Also, if the school grounds have no fence and children are outside, never drive faster than 25 mph. Some school zones may have speed limits as low as 15 mph. Always drive slowly and carefully near schools, playgrounds, parks, and residential areas because children may suddenly run into the street. Also, many children have not yet developed the ability to judge speeds and distances well enough to cross streets safely when cars are moving fast.
Remember, other important guidelines that are likely to prevent accidents and save lives:
- Pedestrians have the right of way. The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds people to drive cautiously around pedestrians and in settings where drivers are likely to encounter pedestrians because they can appear suddenly and cross drivers’ paths. This is especially important for drivers behind the wheel of hybrid and electric cars that make little or no noise while operating on roadways.
- School buses stop frequently so it is critical to avoid tailgating and to be ready to stop. You should also never pass a stopped school bus with it’s lights on yellow or red.
- Avoid wearing headsets or ear buds that cover, rest on or are inserted in both ears.
With this quick refresher course of traffic basics, head out on the roadways confident that you’re prepared to share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and school buses.
Accidents do happen, however. Should you find yourself in need of collision repair services resulting from a crash in the Bay Area, give us a call. We’ll be here to get you back on the road as good as new.
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