Police, troopers issue back to school reminders to drivers

Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 8:25 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 12:32 PM EDT
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ANDERSON, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Greenville Police Department want to remind drivers of safety precautions as school buses are back on the road again for the new year.

Master Trooper Mitch Ridgeway is reminding drivers to wear their seatbelts, stay off their phones, check their text messages and social media apps when they get home and watch their speed.

“Driving a motor vehicle is dangerous and [drivers] need to do everything within their power to make it as safe as possible,” said Trooper Ridgeway.

Master Trooper Ridgeway has tips on when you need to stop for a bus:

  • If you are on a two-lane road, both directions must stop.
  • If you are on a road that has two or more travel lanes in each direction, then you have to stop if you’re going the same way as the bus.
  • Those driving in the opposite direction can keep moving but make sure you slow down and be careful.
Stop for school bus
Stop for school bus(Greenville Police Department)

School bus laws say you must stop for the entire time a school bus is stopped or preparing to stop with its red or amber lights flashing, or its stop arm extended, according to the Greenville Police Department.

Greenville PD issued reminders for parents dropping off their students:

  • Don’t double park. It blocks visibility for other children and cars.
  • Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
  • Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school.

“This is a public roadway for everyone,” said Ridgeway. “My family is on the roadway, your family is on the roadway, our friends are on the roadway. We all share the roadways together so we all need to be responsible and that way we make sure that it’s a safe place for all motorists across South Carolina and here in the Upstate.”

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