School’s open – drive carefully


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – AAA provided back to school tips to help drivers prepare to share the road with school buses again.

When a school bus stop sign is out and flashing, you must stop until children are clear of the road and the bus starts moving again. You do not need to stop if you are heading in the opposite direction of the bus and are separated by a barrier or unpaved median.

Be sure to follow the rules for school buses, because if convicted, you could face a $500 fine and get six points added to your driving record.

As part of its “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign, launched in 1946, AAA provides materials to area schools and businesses and puts up banners to remind drivers to be extra aware of the change in traffic and to watch out for children.

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind before you hit the road:

  • Slow down.  A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  • Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars.
  • Reverse responsibly. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up.
  • Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist.


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