Harrisburg Unit #3 Transportation

What is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride?

The bus stop!

Children are at greatest risk when they are getting on or off the school bus. Most of the children injured in bus-related crashes are pedestrians, five to seven years old, who are getting on or off the bus.

Please be aware that elementary school children:

  • Become easily distracted and may start across the street without warning

  • Don't understand the danger of moving vehicles

  • Can't judge vehicle speed or distance

  • May be blocked from view by the bus

  • Most importantly, expect that vehicles will stop for them at the school bus stop.

Standard school bus stop laws:

  • Motorists coming to a school bus must stop when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extend the stop signal arm. These signals show that children are getting on or off the school bus.

  • Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.

  • Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop.

  • Drivers moving in the opposite direction on a divided roadway are not required to stop.

  • Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.


If you have any questions, please contact Robinson Transportation at (573)651-5271.