If a school bus has its stop arm extended: STOP
Earlier this year, reports of vehicles passing school buses that were stopped and had the school bus stop arm extended prompted district officials to place stop arm cameras on select district buses.
Recently, district administration reported that 109 school bus stop arm violations had been reported to law enforcement since December 3, 2018; 51 of which occurred since February 1. The district’s recently installed stop arm cameras captured many of these violations, and violators have faced fines up to $250 as well as driver’s license suspensions.
As the district works to enhance its bus safety initiatives, we need our school community to model school bus safety laws when sharing the road with buses. This includes obeying bus stop arm laws in school parking lots and around neighborhood bus stops. Also, if you happen to capture a license plate number of such a driver violation, please immediately report it to the Yorkville Police Department at 630-553-4340.
- All traffic safety laws also must be obeyed on school district property. This includes any private road or parking lot.
- Drivers must stop before meeting or passing a school bus that has stopped and is loading or unloading passengers. The driver must remain stopped until the stop arm signal is no longer extended and the flashing lights are turned off.
- The only time a vehicle is not required to stop for a school bus is when both vehicles are on a four-lane roadway and the bus is stopped in the opposite direction from which a driver is traveling (see graphic).
- The school bus warning lights (yellow) will flash at least 100 feet (200 feet in rural areas) in advance of a stop.
- If the owner of the vehicle was not driving when a stop arm violation occurred, the owner must provide the State’s Attorney’s Office with the name of the person who was driving the vehicle, or their vehicle registration will be suspended for three months.
- Visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com for additional information.
School bus safety is something we take very seriously in District 115. In our daily communications with our transportation vendor, Septran, we collaborate to offer specialized bus driver trainings, to investigate and address concerns, and to help support the dedicated drivers who are focused on making sure our students arrive to school and back home safely. Please review the following bus safety information and links as we work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, this danger to our children.
Yorkville Police Department: Safety Notification
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety
National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services Videos: http://www.nasdpts.org/stoparm/index.html