Getting ‘our future’ to school safely |

Getting ‘our future’ to school safely

Cindy Ramunno
NWS Bus Safety KH 10-10-06

EAGLE COUNTY – Classes started for Eagle County students more than two months ago, and while students are in the full swing of classes and extra curricular activities, some motorists are still ignoring school bus signals. Below are some important tips from the school district’s bus drivers:• Flashing lights – School bus drivers use this to alert motorists that the bus is going to stop to load or unload students. Yellow flashing mean the bus is about to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign indicate mean children are getting on or off the bus. Drivers going both directions must stop their cars and wait until the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.• When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking to a bus stop or walking or bicycling to school.• When driving in neighborhoods and especially in school zones, watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not bethinking about getting there safely.• Slow Down and watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.• Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.• Be ready to stop – children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic.The district’s director of transportation, Melanie McMichael, said the No. 1 concern for her department is that students are safe. “We work hard to ensure the safety of all students. We know that your children are very precious cargo and our drivers think of their bus riders as family members,” McMichael said. “Our goal is to educate the public so that our future gets safely to and from school every day. Please help us maintain our excellent safety record.”For more information on bus safety or routes, call 328-6321.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado

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