BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Back to school means more school buses back on the road that drivers need to pay attention to.
John T. Cyr & Sons bus company alone will have about three thousand school buses on the roads across the state. Drivers are reminded that they must watch for the blinking lights when driving behind a shcool bus- yellow lights mean slow down and red lights and the bus's stop sign mean stop until the school bus starts moving again. Not stopping for a school bus could put children boarding or exiting the bus in danger.
"So a child whose waiting for the bus, the bus arrives and the red lights come on, may often just run a cross the road without looking both ways. And awful things happen if a driver coming the other way in their automobile fails to stop or see that child," said Rick Soules, General Manager of John T. Cyr & Sons bus company.
There are also legal consequences for passing a stopped school bus. Violators could face a minimum $250 fine for the first offense and 30 day suspension of the driver's license for a second offense within three years of the first. Also, speeding through school zones double the fines.