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Motorists: Remember, kids are going back to school

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To the citizens of Logan, Mason and Menard counties:

During the next couple of weeks, the youth of our communities will be returning to school. To help keep these children safe, it is our responsibility to know and adhere to the vehicle laws of Illinois.

As a reminder, please remember that when you meet or follow a school bus, Illinois law requires the following:

  • Motorists must stop whenever the stop-signal arm on a school bus is extended and the eight-lamp flashing signal system is in operation, with the red lamps flashing.

  • On one-way roadways, all traffic must stop.

  • When a highway has at least four lanes of traffic and at least two of these lanes are traveling in a direction opposite from the bus, only motorists traveling in the same direction as the school bus must stop.

In addition, drivers must be aware of children crossing streets. In some cases, crossing guards regulate traffic patterns and speed. Illinois law provides that an individual who fails or refuses to comply with a lawful order of a crossing guard may be fined up to $150. However, crossing guards are not always present. Please slow down and be aware that a child may suddenly appear in the road.

Thank you for practicing safe driving habits to help ensure a safe school year for the children of our region!

Jean Anderson
Regional Superintendent of Schools
Logan, Mason and Menard counties

[Posted August 16, 2008]

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