DID YOU KNOW: About Changes to School Bus Lights?
Effective August 16th, school busses in Wisconsin will have a slightly different look, and motorists need to know what to do.
School busses across the state will be replacing some of the red warning/stop signals with amber ones. Now, about 100-300 feet before the bus stops, the amber warning lights will come on, signaling to motorists that the bus is about to receive/discharge children at a stop. When the bus comes to a stop, the amber lights will go off, and the familiar red lights will come on – along with the stop arm.
Drivers approaching from the front or rear must stop not less than 20 feet from the bus and must remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the operator extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. This doesn’t apply to vehicles driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway.
So, amber lights mean the bus is coming to a stop – pay attention. Red lights mean stop. Easy.
As always, watch for kids, because the definitely won’t be watching out for you.