Moul Cautions Motorists to Stay Alert as New School Year Begins
8/14/2014
HARRISBURG--With the start of the new school year approaching, Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) urges all motorists to stay alert and be cautious while children are traveling to and from school.

“The morning hours are an especially perilous time for children as they walk to their bus stops or ride their bikes to school,” Moul said. “Their return trip home in the afternoon can be even more dangerous as kids are often distracted by thoughts of playtime and fail to accurately judge traffic situations on their way home.”

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed as compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

“That’s why school zone speed limits are in place,” Moul said. “They save lives. I urge all motorists to be especially vigilant during the morning and afternoon hours when school children are traveling to and from school.”

Keep these rules in mind:

• When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must stop.

• When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must stop.

• You must stop at least 10 feet away from the school bus.

• You must wait until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.

• Do not move until all the children have reached a place of safety.

• Understand that children are inexperienced in traffic and motorists need to be alert for the unexpected.

• Be extra careful in school zones.

• Be aware that the most dangerous bus stop is the one in front of school.

If you have any questions, contact Moul’s office at 717-334-3010.

Representative Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Donna Pinkham
717.260.6452
dpinkham@pahousegop.com  
www.RepMoul.com 
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