Union Township Police Department


School Bus Safety!

Every school day 23 million children ride a big yellow bus. While school buses are one of the safest modes of transport, there are real risks in getting on and off and walking to bus stops. Unfortunately, you may already know that the greatest risk involved is not riding the school bus, but getting on and off the bus. An average of 24 school-age children die in school transportation-related crashes each year (11 occupants and 13 pedestrians). Talk to your child about school bus safety and ways to stay safe around buses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has offered some tips to help students, parents, and motorists safe around buses.





For Motorists...

As children throughout Pennsylvania return to school, drivers will notice more school buses on the road.

State law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children.  Watch for school buses with their stop arm extended and red lights flashing, which means STOP, not to proceed with caution!

This law applies to all roadways except those that are divided by a physical barrier or an unimproved median.  On a divided roadway, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop.  Extra awareness is also required in rural areas where distracted or impatient drivers often ignore school buses when children are getting on or off the bus.  Disregarding a school bus stop signal is serious, and you can receive a traffic ticket for doing so.

Drivers should also be aware of increased pedestrian traffic, particularly around bus stops and schools.  Please remember, if your child was boarding a school bus, you would want motorists to be attentive as they drive.