TRUMBULL, Conn. -- With Trumbull students set to go back to school on Thursday, Aug. 31, Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo is taking the opportunity to share some safety reminders with the community.
"This time of year brings about more vehicles, pedestrians and buses on local roads, impacting our commute. Students, teachers and parents travel to and from school and to many after school activities," Lombardo said. "Buses will be picking up and dropping off of students at many locations throughout Trumbull. We all need to recognize that some buses will make frequent stops and be prepared for students boarding and disembarking when making their way home."
Parents should take the time to explain to their children that they must always wait for the bus far enough away from the road so that they are not in danger of being struck by passing cars. Even if their bus has stopped to pick them up, children should never enter the roadway until they have looked both ways and seen that traffic has come to a complete standstill.
Children who walk to and from school or the bus stop should try and walk with others. Students should never approach a suspicious vehicle and never accept rides from strangers.
Drivers near school buses should be alert for flashing yellow lights. Once they are illuminated, that is the signal that the flashing red lights and stop sign will soon be activated, and that other drivers are required to stop. The fine for passing a stopped school bus is $465.
"It is important to remember, for the safety of everybody, that you must stop your vehicle when approaching any school bus with flashing red lights and extended stop sign, regardless of your direction of travel," Lombardo said. "The Trumbull Police Department will be conducting speed enforcement in school zones to provide a safe environment."
"We are all aware that distracted driving is significant problem, so please be aware of your surroundings when walking or crossing the street. Be certain that the motorist is aware of your presence before entering the roadway."
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