The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office had a busy summer and as the season draws to a close, our thoughts turn to the beginning of the 2014-2015 school-year. I wanted to take a few moments to remind our drivers to be watchful of the school busses criss-crossing our County and carrying our most precious commodities to and from school.
With 150,000 school-age children in our communities travelling to and from school each day, we need to be extra vigilant and put safety first.
The Michigan Motor Vehicle Code, states that drivers must stop for school busses who are in the process of loading and unloading children and when the red lights are activated. Drivers must come to a complete stop at least twenty-feet away from a bus and remain stopped until the red lights are deactivated.
For the purpose of enforcing the school bus safety law, the registered owner is presumed to be the driver of the vehicle. What this means is that, if a vehicle that is registered to you is driven past a stopped school bus with its red flashers activated, YOU could be subject to a traffic citation and you could be fined.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office works with local school districts to help to enforce this crucial traffic statute.
Here are some other helpful tips.
Watch for children crossing at intersections near schools and around bus stops.
Reduce driving distractions. Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles the likelihood that you will become involved in a crash.
Come to a complete stop at stop signs and check for children on sidewalks, between cars or in crosswalks.
Slow down in posted school zones.
If you are a parent and your son or daughter walks to a school bus stop, be sure that they cross the road at crosswalks or, if available, with the help of a crossing guard.
If you drive your children to school: Buckle up! Make yourself and your passengers safe by the proper use of seatbelts and child restraints before starting the car. Be sure that children under 4 years of age are in a properly installed child safety seat. Children aged 4-7 need to be in an approved booster seat.
If you are not sure if your child safety seat is installed properly, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office offers a free car-seat check program. Parents can call the Sheriff’s Traffic Division at (586) 307-9540 or the Macomb County Traffic Safety Association at (586) 293-5880 to schedule a car-seat check.
On behalf of all the hardworking men and women of the Macomb County Sheriff Office we want to wish everyone a safe and enriching school year.