BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- With school back in session on Wednesday, the Brookfield Police Department is reminding drivers that school buses will picking up and dropping off students throughout the area.
In addition, special speed zones will be set up near school zones. Drivers are asked to remember to be vigilant for stopped school buses and pedestrians.
Under state law, it is mandatory that drivers stop for school buses that have their flashing red warning lights activated, whether they are approaching or following the school bus, said the Connecticut State Police.
The yellow flashing lights are a warning to drivers that the bus will be stopping to pick up and/or drop off students. Drivers should anticipate that the red flashing lights will come on shortly after seeing the yellow flashing lights as the bus comes to a stop. The red flashing lights on a school bus indicate that the bus is stopped and students are either getting on or off the bus.
Failure to obey this law not only puts children at great risk, but it carries a hefty penalty for drivers. Fines for passing a school bus that has its flashing red warning lights activated starts at $465 for a first offense.
In addition, parents should remind their children to wait in a safe place, out of the travel portion of the roadway, and only cross the street after looking both ways, even if the red lights are activated, police said.
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