Back to School Is Upon Us!

It is that time of year again! Please be aware of children gathering at bus stops, our several school crossings, and our multiple school zones throughout Lower Allen Township.

With children returning to school, it’s a good time to revisit the state school bus stopping law as well.

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
  • The penalties if convicted of violating the law include a $250 fine, five points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension.

For your sake and that of students and school employees, please be careful around school buses and within the school zones this year!