Okaloosa, Crestview law enforcers offer back-to-school safety tips

Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 19:00 PM.

"I don't do that anymore," Jahvon said.

School bus safety

All traffic in both directions must stop for school buses with red lights flashing and "stop" signs deployed. Disregarding school bus "stop" signals can incur fines starting at $165, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Michele Nicholson said.

Traffic traveling in the opposite direction is exempt from stopping only if the road is separated by a fence or other physical barrier or by an unpaved median at least five feet wide.

"Thankfully we don’t have a major issue with people disregarding stopped school buses," Nicholson said.

However, distracted kids pose a hazard to themselves, especially near the road, Kimmons said. Children chasing pets or playing ball at the school bus stop might run into the road after the animal or ball.

Ultimately, Kimmons and Nicholson said, children and drivers both must exercise caution and be alert around school zones and school buses.



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