School Bus Safety Reminders

School Bus Safety Reminders

Category : CCSD

More than 400 bright yellow school buses will be back on the roads in Cherokee County August 1 as the 2017-18 school year gets underway this week. Drivers should stay alert and watch for children waiting at roadside bus stops throughout the county during morning and afternoon routes. The start of the school year is also a good time for drivers (and parents of new drivers) to revisit Georgia law about encountering a school bus on the road and when it is legal to pass a stopped bus:

Georgia law requires motorists traveling in BOTH directions to stop for a school bus that has engaged its flashing lights and stop arm, indicating that children are boarding or departing the bus, UNLESS that road is divided by a concrete or grass/dirt median. If there is a median, drivers travelling the opposite direction of the school bus can continue at a safe speed. Drivers behind the bus must always stop, no matter the circumstance. Note: A center turn lane is NOT a median, and the number of lanes on the roadway does not alter the law.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office has announced plans to have an enhanced law enforcement presence around school campuses this week to ease traffic and emphasize safety in school zones. Woodstock area motorists are also reminded of the traffic construction underway at the intersection of East Cherokee Drive and Highway 5, which is expected to cause additional delays in the areas of Johnston Elementary School, as well as thru traffic to Mill Creek Middle School and River Ridge High School from East Cherokee Drive.