Eric Petrie
Transportation Supervisor

Vita Szuran

Kathy Fountain

Dispatcher/Field Trip Coordinator

Transportation Dept.
1313 W. Highland Rd.
Howell, MI 48843
Phone 517.540.8011

Fax 517.548.6364

School Bus Facts

  • Every year, approximately 440,000 public school buses travel 4.3 billion miles to transport 23.5 million to and from school and school-related activities.

  • They are 172 times safer than your family automobile.

  • They are 8 times safer than passenger trains and scheduled airlines.

  • They are 4 times safer than transit buses and intercity buses.

What Motorists Need to Know

  • Be aware it is illegal in every state to pass a school bus stopped to load/unload students.

  • Know and understand laws governing motorist’s driving behavior near a school bus.
    Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists if they are going to stop to load/unload students.

  • Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

  • Red flashing lights and extended stop arms indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists MUST stop their cars.

  • Begin moving only when the red flashing lights are turned off.

  • Watch out for young people who may be thinking about getting to school, but may not be thinking about getting there safely.

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks in the neighborhood. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops.

  • Be alert. Children arriving late for the bus may dart into the street without looking for traffic. 


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