For Immediate Release
October 14, 2011
CONCORD, NH - With schools open and hours of daylight decreasing, state safety officials are urging New Hampshire drivers to take extra care around school buses and watch for children getting on and off.
"State law requires drivers in both lanes on an undivided highway to stop when a school bus turns on its red lights," said Richard C. Bailey, Jr., Director of Motor Vehicles. "Children may also be crossing the street in front of the bus. We ask motorists to be patient and give children time to safely cross the roadway."
Bailey noted that New Hampshire has a good safety record, and accidents involving school buses are rare.
"School buses are the safest form of transportation to and from school and school related events and we remind everyone to be aware of them as they travel New Hampshire's roads" said Katie Scholes, president of the New Hampshire School Transportation Association.
New Hampshire has approximately 2,950 school buses and approximately 3,570 certified school bus drivers. All school buses are inspected annually by State Police.
The week of Oct. 17-21 is School Bus Safety Week in New Hampshire, declared by Governor John H. Lynch, to encourage all drivers in the state to be careful around school buses and pay tribute to the role school bus drivers pay in safely transporting students.
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