This is National School Bus Week, drive carefully

This week, Oct. 22-26, is National School Bus Safety Week. On Facebook, the California Highway Patrol posted the following factoids:
  • The CHP looks out for the safety of the state's students by inspecting and certifying more than 23,500 buses here in the Golden State.
  • Here in California, yellow flashing lights tell motorists they need to slow down and prepare to stop.
  • Red flashing lights mean that drivers must stop and not pass the bus until the light is turned off.
People ticketed for illegally passing a school bus can expect to pay a fine of between $150 and $250, not including fees and penalties, for a first offense, according to the DMV's website. For a second offense, the fine jumps to between $500 and $1,000, again minus fees and penalties. A third offense within a three year period leads to a suspended license for up to one year. The CHP also posted this question: What is the most dangerous part of the school bus ride for children??? What do you think, Street Smarts readers? Post your answers in the comment section. Meanwhile, learn more about school bus safety from the DMV's website by studying vehicle code section 22112 at http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22112.htm. Here's a great read on NHTSA's website, http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/buses/kidsschoolbus_en.html.
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