Friday, October 15, 2010

Collier To Celebrate School Bus Safety Week

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County School District and Florida Highway Patrol will join other communities throughout the country to observe National School Bus Safety Week.

Starting Monday, Oct. 18, the week will commemorate the safe service that school buses provide to local families. According to the National Academy of Sciences and U.S. Department of Transportation, riding a bus is the safest mode of transportation to and from school.

Florida’s theme for the week “Stop on Red, Kids Ahead,” reminds motorists that they must stop for the red flashing lights on school buses.

Florida law requires motorists to stop upon approaching any school bus displaying its flashing red lights. The only exception is when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus and traveling on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet or when traveling on a divided highway with a raised median or a physical barrier.

In Collier County, 19,500 students ride the school bus each day.

For more information, click here to visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website dedicated to school bus safety tips for drivers, students and parents.