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When motorists see a yellow school bus, they know that children may be nearby, but although many children in New York State take a school bus to school, many others take public transportation - a public bus or the subway. Whether you use a public bus or a school bus, there are some safety rules you should follow.
If you are waiting for a public bus or a school bus, wait at the bus stop, and stand well back from the curb.
When you get off the public bus or the school bus, you need to take (five giant steps) straight out of the bus door.
There are danger zones near public buses and school buses where the driver cannot see you.
Below is a picture of the area around a bus where the driver can't see you. The most dangerous areas are near the front and the back of the bus. These areas are the same for all buses and large trucks.
|Drivers of vehicles traveling on a street with a city bus do not have to stop when city buses stop to pick up and drop off school children.||When a school bus stops with its red flashing lights on, drivers on both sides of the road must stop.|
| NOTE: Public buses move away from the bus stop as soon as passengers have gotten on or off.
Most public bus stops are at intersections. As soon as you get off the bus, you need to be alert. You should never cross the street in front of a public bus. Wait for the bus to pull away so you have a clear view of the street. Cross at the cross walk or street corner, and wait for the light to turn green or for the WALK crossing signal. Please see the Kids Safe Walking Page for the signs, signals and roadway markings which help you cross the street safely.
|School buses wait for children getting off the bus to cross the street in front of them before leaving the bus stop.|
If you take the subway, you may need to take an escalator to the subway platform.
Never play on the subway platform. It would be easy to fall off the platform onto the subway tracks.