School Bus Warning Lights

Why drivers ignore warning lights on school buses

video clip of School Bus With Flashing Amber Warning Lights


Sign on the back of a B.C. school bus
“Do Not Pass When Red Lamps Flashing”
(in picture below the bus is Stopped at an intersection, without flashing lights)
School Bus Warning Lights

Problem is that the school bus brake lights are solid Red (as seen above),
while the “flashing” lights are Amber...

Since there are no flashing Red lights,
drivers don’t have to stop, right?

Seems like this kind of misleading signage could allow a
driver to ignore the warning sign, pass the school bus, and
hit a child who has just exited the school bus.
A “good” lawyer could get that driver ‘off the hook’ on a technicality...

Don’t let this happen!
Either change the school bus sign to read:
“Do Not Pass When Amber OR Red Lamps Flashing”, or
“Do Not Pass When Lamps Flashing”, or
change out those Amber lights for Red lights.

Help save a child from being hit by a bad driver!



Post Note #1 - reply from ASTSBC, Manager - Transportation Services, School District No 22 (Vernon, B.C.)

“School buses are equipped with both flashing Amber lights, which are part of the warning system that the bus will be coming to a stop and stopping traffic, and red flashing lights which are activated when traffic is being stopped. These lights are located in both the front and back of a school bus and are in addition to a red stop sign located on the driver’s side of the bus also equipped with red flashing lights. I understand in a video put out the red lights appear to be amber. I would suggest this is just a result of the video or perhaps the reds had not yet been activated. There are red flashing lights equipped on all school buses as per D250 which federally regulates the build specifications for a school bus in Canada.”

Post Note #2 by Joe Defries - No, the “red lights do not appear to be amber” - in the following video clip the flashing lights ARE amber, and the School Bus was stopped and letting off children onto a school yard!

video clip of School Bus With Flashing Amber Warning Lights



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20-May-2019