Our Opinion: PLEASE … STOP

In Pennsylvania, it is illegal to pass a school bus when its red lights are flashing and stop arm is extended.

If convicted of breaking this law, you could get a $250 fine, five points on your driving record, and a 60-day suspension of your license.

In December, a province in Canada (Prince Edward Island) made this suspension three months for violators.

In a phrase, whoopty do.

Tell that to parents who have lost a child when someone — just one time — drove around a school bus with flashing lights.

The penalty for driving around a school bus — even when nothing happens — should be far greater.

Come on, use your heads.

We will even help educate you:

— When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.

— When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.

— You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.

— You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

— DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.

We get that your mind might be elsewhere, you are in a hurry to get home, you may only have a permit and you don’t know this law.

PLEASE, pay attention.

Think.

— 1.5 million children are transported on Pennsylvania roads each day.

— These children are transported approximately 400 million miles to school each year.

— Annually, more than 700 drivers are convicted for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.

— Every year, children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.

Needlessly. Die.

MUST STOP.

MUST WAIT.

DO NOT MOVE.

PLEASE.

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