Heavy equipment owners urged to stick to the traffic ordinance

POSTED: 06/8/12 11:53 AM

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section reminds all motorists to observe the traffic rules especially in the vicinity of schools and school busses. Heavy equipment owners especially are urged to follow Article 60A of the Traffic Ordinance without any deviation. The provision prohibits heavy equipment from operating during 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“Motorists must be observant while driving behind a school bus as well as oncoming traffic. Look for pre-warning flashing amber lights, red flashing signals, a stop-signal arm on the side of the bus, or a strobe light mounted on the roof. These are all tools used by the bus driver to indicate that the school bus is going to stop,” a release states.
The School Bus Inspection section is also appealing to parents to speak with their children about proper behavior while being transported on a school bus to and from school.
“Everybody has to abide by the rules and regulations governing the safe transport of school children in order to ensure an incident free ride. Parents need to be observant of what’s in their child’s school bag. In the past school children were caught carrying potential weapons and other things in their bags which do not belong there,” the release continues
Anybody who sees any unusual behavior on or with a school bus is encouraged to report this to the Inspection Section at telephone number 542-4511 or 542-4509.

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