Police chief: Watch for buses, cars during busy back-to-school season

Now that school is back in session I want to take this opportunity to remind residents that more vehicles and pedestrians are on the roads as students, teachers and parents travel to and from school and after school activities.   

Morning and afternoon traffic will also include buses that will be making stops as students are picked up and dropped off.

It is important to watch for school buses and to understand that when their yellow lights begin to flash it is a warning that the red flashing lights and stop sign will be activated next, requiring you to stop your vehicle if you are behind or approaching from the front.  

The fine for passing a stopped school bus is $465.00. 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 also imperative for parents to talk with their children and explain that they should always wait to be picked up away from the travel portion of the road and that they should not enter the roadway, even if the buses red lights are flashing and the stop sign is extended, 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 a group if possible. They should never approach a suspicious vehicle and never accept a ride from a stranger.

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

Michael Lombardo is the Chief of Police of the Trumbull Police Department.