WESTFALL - The Eastern Pike Regional Police Department is working with the Delaware Valley School District during National School Bus Safety Week, to take part in Operation Safe Stop on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Operation Safe Stop is an annual event, in its 16th year and it will be held in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs Oct. 22-26. Police will ensure everyone stops for stopped school buses when the red lights are flashing on Wed. Oct. 24. Officer’s will follow, ride, and conduct bus stop checks to make sure children are safe on their routes to and from school. “Bus drivers will report anyone passing a stopped school bus that has its red lights flashing and you will receive a citation”, stated Chief Chad Stewart. The National Academy of Sciences and U.S. Department of Transportation, says school buses are the safest mode of transportation to and from school. The National Academy of Sciences and U.S. Department of Transportation, says parents trust school buses to transport more than 26 million schoolchildren in 480,000 school buses each day. In the Eastern Pike district alone, 5,266 students ride the school bus. Although the national organizations says school bus transportation is the safest way for children to get to school, parents aren’t quite sure as some are split between the yellow school bus and adult drivers. The American School Bus Council (ASBC) conducted a survey and found that 44 percent of parents identify the yellow school bus as the safest way for children to get to school. School Bus Safety Week is celebrated the third week of Oct. each year, promoting awareness on local and state levels through poster and speech contests, distribution of school bus safety community awareness tool kits, and other activities to raise awareness of school bus safety issues.
Safety Tips for School Bus Riders:
• Be alert to traffic. • Check both ways for cars before stepping off the bus. • Make eye contact with the bus driver, and wait for the bus driver’s signal before crossing the street. • Walk in front of the bus; never walk behind the bus to cross the street. • While waiting for the bus, stay in a safe place away from the street. • Before leaving the sidewalk, look for the flashing red lights. Never go under the bus to retrieve something you’ve dropped.