NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — Much like students getting refreshers once back in the classroom, drivers need the same when it comes to sharing the road with school buses.

The New York State Police offered some cliff notes to keep students and their families safe.

  • At the bus stop, it's suggested if a student is 5 to 7-years-old, the parent or guardian stay with him or her until they get on the bus. When it comes to drop offs, remind students that their guardian or a trusted adult will be there.
  • Drivers, give the bus space and extra time. Also, if the yellow lights are flashing, slow down and be prepared to stop. In other words, don't try to race the red lights. Passing those could cost drivers up to $1,000 in fines.
  • Pedestrians, be vigilant. If someone is listening to music, only use one headphone. That way a driver keeps one ear on traffic. For drivers, be prepared to not be able to turn right on red. Pedestrians have the right of way. 

As the wheels on the bus go round and round, so to does the heightened awareness when it comes to safety.