Slow down: Thousands of students transported in Aiken County during school year

August 8, 2018

About 10,400 students in Aiken County are transported to and from school each day on school buses, according to the Aiken County School District’s website.

School buses

Students must be registered by their parents with the Department of Transportation in order to be allowed to ride the bus to and from school. Each student is assigned a pick up and drop off location as part of the registration process.

The Aiken County School District notes that all students must be registered prior to riding the bus, with their being a three-day process that also involves the Department of Transportation.

Registering students to ride the bus is tied into the school registration process, found on the school district’s website at acpsd.net.

Parents should teach their children their home address, telephone number, and bus route number, as well as make sure they are aware of all school bus rules, according to the Aiken County School District.

A list of bus routes can be found on the Aiken County School District’s website.

School traffic

Drivers are reminded to be aware of and observe traffic safety rules around school buses, in particular, not passing a school bus that has stopped to load or unload students.

Motorists also should remember the flashing signal light system school bus drivers use:

• Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

• Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off the bus.

On two-lane roads, motorist traveling both directions must stop for a school bus with flashing lights. The only exception is on a four-or-more-lane road, in which motorist approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction do not have to stop.

The minimum fine for passing a stopped school bus is $500 and six points on a driver’s license for a first offense, and a second offense can see up to $2,000 and six points on a driver’s license, according to the law.

Drivers are also reminded that the speed limit drops to 25 mph in school zones when the warning lights are flashing.

Staff writer Tripp Girardeau contributed to this article.

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