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Back to School Safety Tip / Stopping for a School Bus

North Canton, OH (August 21, 2015)

Safety Advisory - Media Release
For immediate release: Date: August 19, 2015
Released by: Chief Stephan B. Wilder, North Canton Police Department

Re: Back to school safety tip / Stopping for a school bus

Stopping for a School Bus

Do you know what to do when approaching a stopped school bus?

Schools in North Canton, Ohio started on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Kindergarten will start on Tuesday August 25, 2015. One of the most important questions the police department encounters regarding back to school safety pertains to stopping for a school bus.

What should you do when approaching any school bus that is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children?

  • When a school bus driver is preparing to stop the bus, he or she activates four amber lights – two on the front and two on the rear of the bus. These lights continue to flash until the bus is fully stopped. Other vehicles are not required to stop during this preliminary stage of the eight-light warning but should prepare to stop as soon as the bus comes to a full stop. When the bus comes to a complete stop, the amber lights stop flashing and four red lights – two in the front and two in the back – start flashing while the children enter or leave the bus. In addition, a stop arm with flashing red lights is automatically extended beneath the window on the left side of the bus.
  • If a bus is stopped on a street or road which has fewer than 4 lanes, all traffic proceeding in either direction must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus.
  • You must not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.
  • If a bus is stopped on a street or road which has 4 or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction as the bus must stop.

If you fail to stop for a school bus, your error will not go unnoticed. Bus drivers will report to the police department, the license plate number of any vehicle that fails to comply with the law. An investigation will be conducted to identify the driver for enforcement purposes.

Penalties for not obeying these rules could cost you up to $500.00 and a maximum 1 year suspension of your driver’s license. (ORC. 4511.75).

The North Canton Police Department wants to remind all motorists the speed limit in school zones are specified in the Ohio Revised Code 4511.21 Speed limits - assured clear distance. (a) Twenty miles per hour in school zones during school recess and while children are going to or leaving school during the opening or closing hours, and when twenty miles per hour school speed limit signs are erected; except that, on controlled-access highways and expressways, if the right-of-way line fence has been erected without pedestrian opening, the speed shall be governed by division (B)(4) of this section and on freeways, if the right-of-way line fence has been erected without pedestrian opening, the speed shall be governed by divisions (B)(9) and (10) of this section. The end of every school zone may be marked by a sign indicating the end of the zone. Nothing in this section or in the manual and specifications for a uniform system of traffic control devices shall be construed to require school zones to be indicated by signs equipped with flashing or other lights, or giving other special notice of the hours in which the school zone speed limit is in effect.

Please obey these laws and other safe driving habits to assure the safety of our community and others like it throughout one’s travels.


Chief Stephan B. Wilder (swilder@northcantonohio.gov), North Canton Police Department (http://northcantonohio.gov/public-safety/police-department/)
145 North Main Street
North Canton, OH 44720
330-499-5911 (Non-Emergency Reporting and Dispatch)