Moul Urges Drivers and Students to be Alert as School Begins
8/27/2009
School begins in most parts of the state this week and Rep. Dan Moul (R-Adams/Franklin) is reminding drivers and students to exercise caution in school zones, on crosswalks, near bus stops and along streets and roadways.
 
“It still feels like summer outside, but with students returning to school, motorists need to watch for children crossing streets, boarding busses and at play on their way to and from school,” said Moul. “It is particularly important for motorists to obey traffic laws, including posted speed limits in school zones, stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, and stopping for busses when their red lights are flashing.”
 
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), the penalties for not stopping for a school bus are a $250 fine, five points on your license and a 60 day license suspension.   Speeding in a school zone will also bring fines and points upon conviction. 
 
Students also bear some responsibility for their safety, such as looking both ways before crossing the street, waiting until the school bus has completely stopped before approaching, and remaining seated once on the bus.
 
“Students should never assume that the bus driver or motorist can see them,” said Moul. “In school zones in particular there are many distractions with all the signs, lights and crossing students. If both motorists and students are vigilant, we can help to ensure safety in these areas.”
 
Additional information is available on PennDOT’s highway safety Web site: www.DriveSafePA.org and click on the School Bus Safety link under the Traffic Safety Information Center.
 
Rep. Dan Moul
91st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

(717) 334-3010
(717) 783-5217
Member Site: RepMoul.com
Contact: Donna M. Pinkham
(717) 260-6452
Caucus Site: PAHouseGOP.com