EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Beginning Thursday, September 5, 2019, the East Brunswick Police Department will conduct a safety campaign targeting aggressive driving in and around school zones.
This campaign is designed to educate the public and increase driver and pedestrian safety.
Schools will be in session. Please be alert and cautious.
Here are the rules for safety around school buses from the New Jersey Traffic Law Center:
*A driver on a highway approaching or overtaking a bus used solely for the transportation of children to and from school, any school activity, or summer day camp must stop not less than 25 feet from the bus when the bus has stopped to receive or discharge any passengers. The driver may not proceed until all children have entered the bus or have alighted and reached the side of the highway, or until the flashing red lights have stopped.
*Do not pass or closing approach a school bus with flashing red lights.
*State law requires that motorists stop at least 25 feet away if traveling on a two-lane road, or on a multi-lane highway where lanes are only separated by lines, or on a privately maintained road.
*Slow down to 10 mph if traveling on a dual highway, if on the opposite side of a safety island or a raised median.
*School buses are equipped with yellow, amber or red flashing lights. Yellow or amber lights before the bus stops, and red lights go on when it has stopped. Do not depend on these lights if traveling behind a school bus. These lights could be malfunctioning.
*When the bus stops, motorists traveling behind or approaching the bus must stop at least 25 feet from the school bus. Watch for children, and then proceed slowly, at 10 mph.
*If a school bus has stopped directly in front of a school to pick up or let off children, pass from either direction at no more than 10 mph.
*The fines for the improper passing of a school bus are $102 to $252. A driver convicted of this offense can be sentenced to up to 15 days of jail, or 15 days of community service.
*In most improper passing school bus cases, a driver will lose for 30 days. A driver is assessed five points for improperly passing a school bus.