Parents and motorists get reminder on safe school bussing

POSTED: 01/5/12 12:47 PM

St. Maarten – The School Bus Inspection Section issued a statement Wednesday reminding parents and motorists to continue observing rules related to safe school bussing. The reminder was issued because thousands of students went back to school on Tuesday after the Christmas/New Year’s holiday vacation.

“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,” the release stated.

All school bus drivers are also reminded to follow the dress code while transporting school children to and from school and to deal with un-rudely school children according to the code of conduct while being bused to school or home.

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 stated.

Anyone 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.

Video of school children misbehaving on the school bus:

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