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Safe driving reminder issued as Missoula kids head back to school

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Posted at 3:51 PM, Aug 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-27 17:51:15-04

MISSOULA — The new school year is has started up for many Missoula area schools.

There will be almost 100 buses on the road from just Beach Transportation alone, so the company is offering up safety tips and reminders for drivers.

Safety Tips for Motorists

  • Amber lights let motorists know that the bus is about to stop.
  • Stop at least 10 feet away from a school bus that has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop when the red lights are flashing. Vehicles moving in the opposite direction are also required to stop.
  • If you are behind a school bus daily and it’s causing you to be late please leave a few minutes earlier rather than trying to pass the bus.

Tips for Parents

  • Walk your children to and from the bus stop.
  • Stay with your children to make sure they are at the bus stop on time, wait back from the curb and avoid rough play.
  • Teach your children to ask the driver for help if they drop something near the bus.
  • If you have safety concerns about the bus stop location, please contact the school.
  • If your child does not arrive at school or at home as expected, please call your school or Beach Transportation, 549-6121, Ext. 2, for assistance.

Tips for Kids

  • Be at the bus stop early, about five minutes before your bus is scheduled to leave.
  • Wait for the bus in a safe place - away from the road.
  • Take your seat right away; stay seated at all times.
  • Keep the bus clean.
  • Keep all of your body inside the bus.
  • Listen to the driver; follow directions.
  • Leave the bus carefully using the handrails.
  • Take 10 giant steps away from the bus before crossing in front of it.
  • Look both ways before crossing the road; wait for the driver's signal.
  • If you drop or forget something, stay away from the bus.

Parents and Kids

Please report any suspicious activity, mountain lion sightings and anything else that makes you feel uncomfortable to school administrators and to the police, if necessary.

"Safety is everyone's concern, and we encourage parents and students to follow these procedures to assure a safe bus ride," Beach Transportation noted in a statement.