Saturday, October 05, 2013

A Very Good Question About Buses


Anonymous said...
SOrry to change the subject SCATS, but I wanted to find out how far school buses can drive with the flashing yellow lights on. These are the lights they usually put on just before the red flashers to let drivers know they are stopping for a pickup or drop off. I was driving north on North GReece Rd on Friday morning, about 7:30, when a school bus approaching me has yellow flashers on, The traffic all stopped in anticipation of a pickup, but the bus kept going. It continued about two blocks past us. Meanwhile all the traffic heading north was stopping and pulling over. Isn't there a limit to how far the bus can drive with yellow flashers?
10/05/2013 8:27 AM

 
SCATS ~~ Good question! I'm sure there must be a guideline at least. I've experienced similar situations in my neighborhood, too.
 

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's supposed to be 150 feet before the stop. Sometimes it's hard to find the house so you may have them on longer than 150 feet

Anonymous said...

There is a certain amount of distance for yellows but sometimes when you put them on to pick up or drop off and no one is at the stop you forget there on. Come on the drivers are only human and we have bigger problems in Greece than that. We are only busing 11,000 students compared to the 15,000 we were busing and we still have the same amount of buses, the same amount of drivers the same amount of supervisor if not more our taxes are higher and we are paying mechanics 30 some dollars an hour and most of the time the buses are under warranty so thats all they do is change oil, inspect every 6 mons.,and don't get that done so they work Saturdays on time in a half hows that make you feel? Greece does not have the schools they use to have. Taxes still go up I think thats more of a concern than yellow lights on a bus. Greece tax payers are so petty they can't even see straight....

SCATS said...

To 10:46AM ~~ Only in Greece would a safety issue be labeled "petty" to try to intimidate people back into silence.

Anonymous said...

Is there a policy that says the busses have their yellow lights on then the red lights when they are stopped but they cannot open the door until the 1st car approaching them stops. I've been behind a bus that waited for that, even if the approaching car is still a ways off. Seem like a good guideline.
When they are sure of the stopped line of vehicles then the door opens. Then they signal the children to cross and board the bus.
And what is the story with T-intersections or 4-ways (in a subdivision) for a stop when the children exit the bus and have to cross? If a bus is on the east-west road for example the motorists on the east west have to stop. The motorists on the north-south do not have to stop by law. It would be good if they did but it's not the law. So children can run across the north south street if necessary. Is there a policy on that?
And I do agree with the original commenter on this thread. I usually slow to be prepared to stop for a bus on the yellow when I am approaching the bus. Many times I have stopped and the bus keeps going and stops about a half block then behind me. Silly me.

SCATS said...

Maybe this link will help: http://www.safeny.ny.gov/sbus-ndx.htm

Anonymous said...

This answers the question better. Read the parts on "intersections".

Apparently New York SED discourages intersection stops for loading and unloading students. The only traffic that has to follow the red light stop of the bus is the traffic on the same street as the bus. Many stops in Greece are at intersections. They could easily be made after or before the intersection.
http://www.p12.nysed.gov/schoolbus/Parents/htm/school_bus_stops.html