With area schools still in session, the Windsor Police Department is reminding motorists to drive safely around school buses and to always stop for a bus’s flashing lights.
On average, 24 children are killed every year in school bus accidents nationwide, with one-third of those resulting from being struck by motorists who failed to stop. Colorado law requires that all drivers heed school bus signal lights and stop at least 20 feet from a stopped bus. Drivers are required to wait until the signal lights are off, the stop sign has been retracted, and it appears safe to proceed carefully.
Violations can result in a fine of $392 as well as six points on the driver’s license. A second offense within a five-year period can result in a fine of $1,000. Drivers are also reminded that some school buses are equipped with cameras to photograph license plates of cars who violate the law.
“Always exercise caution when driving near a school bus, even if its lights are not flashing,” says Sgt. Aaron Lopez. “A moment of carelessness can ruin lives in an instant; always yield to school buses and help our students make it to summer safely.”
For more information about the Windsor Police Department, visit windsorgov.com/Police.