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Attention, drivers! School buses are on the roads

Attention, drivers! School buses are back on the roads

Attention, Gaston County drivers!  School is back in session, and our yellow buses are on the roads. 

Please watch out in the mornings (5:30 - 9:00 a.m.) and afternoons (2:00 - 5:30 p.m.) as buses transport children to and from school.  In the mornings, be mindful of children waiting for the bus along the side of the road.

Be cautious when approaching a school bus, and keep an eye out for the stop arm signal that lets you know the door is open and students are boarding or exiting the bus.  North Carolina law requires drivers to stop completely for the flashing red lights and extended stop arm.

Knowing when to stop for a school bus can be confusing, especially if you are travelling on a road with a median or center turning lane.  The chart below explains when to stop for a school bus. If in doubt, always stop for a stopped bus.

North Carolina's law on stopping for a school bus

Local law enforcement agencies in Gaston County are reminding citizens to “be on the lookout for children” as part of the “Operation BOLO” traffic safety campaign.  The police agencies joined forces with Gaston County Schools on August 22 to conduct a press conference at Robinson Elementary School and announce why traffic safety is so important, especially during back-to-school time.   

Police are cautioning motorists about school buses, school zones, seat belt use, and distracted driving.  When traveling through a school zone, drivers should always look for children walking to and from school, know that traffic congestion is possible, and watch your speed.    

Thank you for keeping traffic safety in mind as students in Gaston County are back in school for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Click below to watch the Back-To-School Traffic Safety Announcement.