Check out this handy graphic courtesy of the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to see what the different lights on the back of a school bus look like.
FLASHING YELLOW OVERHEAD LIGHTS: Prepare to stop.
FLASHING RED OVERHEAD LIGHTS: Stop at least 20 feet from the school bus and remain stopped until the bus turns off its red lights and resumes travel.
FLASHING YELLOW HAZARD LIGHTS: Treat this as you would a flashing yellow traffic light and proceed with caution.
Also take note: these rules do not apply to drivers who are separated from a bus by a concrete or grass median. However, caution should still be taken in those circumstances, as children may dart out into traffic.
While safety should be your No. 1 concern, it’s also important to remember traffic fines for failing to stop for a school bus are double what would normally be assessed for a moving violation.
Let’s make sure everyone gets back to school safely this year, so all our students – and teachers – can continue on a path to a brighter future!