|By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)
School bells will soon be ringing in the 116th Legislative District as the fall semester gets underway. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Berwick Area; on Monday, Aug. 30, in Northeast Area; and on Tuesday, Sept. 7, in Crestwood and Hazleton Area.
With students returning to class, school buses will be back on the roads again. Motorists, parents and young people are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely.
Pennsylvania law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Parents are reminded to ensure their children are at the bus stop early to avoid rushing. Students should stay where the bus driver can see them while boarding or exiting the bus.
Please keep these precautions in mind so we can make it a safe school year for all.
Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office