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School Bus Safety

No Regrets When You DRIVE WITH CARE and STOP For School Buses

Back-to-school traffic safety reminders. Please help keep our children safe when they travel to and from school. Follow these safety tips and laws.

School Bus Safety Rules for Drivers

  • Learn and obey the school bus laws, traffic signals and speed limits.
  • Slow down near bus stop and watch out for kids.
  • Be sure to acquaint yourself with the flashing light system that school bus drivers use to alert motorists. 
  • Yellow flashing lights mean that the school bus is preparing to stop. Motorists should slow down and be ready to stop their vehicles. 
  • Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the school bus has stopped, and children are boarding or exiting. 
  • Two-lane road: all vehicles in both directions must stop. 
  • On a divided highway with a raised median, unpaved space, or a physical barrier of at least five feet: vehicles traveling in the opposite direction are not required to stop. 
  • Divided highway where no median or barrier exists: all vehicles are mandated to stop.

School Bus Safety Reminders for Students

  • Arrive early. 
  • Don’t push or cut in line.
  • Stay out of the “danger zone,” 10 steps away from the bus.
  • Wait for the bus driver to open the door before trying to get on.
  • Keep aisle clear of your backpack, bag, or books.
  • Talk quietly during the entire bus ride. 
  • Keep your hands, arms, and head inside the bus at all times.
  • Walk in front of the bus to cross the street, never behind it.
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Motorists should always follow the law and drive carefully – especially when driving in school zones and around school buses! 

The penalty for failure to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended and flashing red lights activated is $200. 

Never pass a school bus on the right-hand side, where children are loading and unloading. Illegally passing on the side where children enter or exit is $400. 

Florida law prohibits the use of a wireless communications device in a handheld manner while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area. 

Click here to learn more about Florida’s School Bus Safety laws.

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Activity Sheet for Kids

Visit our “Safety for Kids” web page. You will find more child safety and bus stop safety resources, tips, and activity sheets.