Police chief: Head back to school safely

Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo
Trumbull Police Chief Michael Lombardo

With school soon to start again, I want to take this opportunity and provide some safety reminders to the community. Once again, more vehicles, pedestrians and buses will be on the roads as students, teachers and parents travel to and from school. After school activities will also begin with students, coaches and parents going to and from their events. Morning and afternoon traffic will also include buses that will make frequent stops as students are picked up and dropped off.

Parents please take the time to talk with your children and explain that they should always wait for their bus far enough away from the road so that they are not in danger of being struck by passing motorists. They should not enter the roadway, even if their bus has stopped to pick them up until they have looked both ways and seen that traffic has come to a complete standstill.

If children walk to and from school or the bus stop they should walk with others, if possible. They should never approach a suspicious vehicle and never accept a ride from a stranger.

When you are driving near a school bus please be alert for their yellow lights. Once they begin to flash it is a warning that the red flashing lights and stop sign will be soon be activated, requiring you to stop your vehicle. The fine for passing a stopped school bus is $465.00. Additionally, some Trumbull school buses are also equipped with cameras that record vehicles and license plates of those that pass a stopped school bus with red lights flashing and the stop sign extended. It is important to remember, for the safety of everybody, you must stop your vehicle if you are approaching from the front or from behind a school bus with flashing red lights and extended stop sign.

I wish each of you and your families a safe return to the school year.