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Poughkeepsie… With children across the county returning to school this week and next, Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson and County Executive Marc Molinaro join with the Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board to remind motorists, parents and students to follow the rules for school bus safety and exercise caution on the road. Motorists are encouraged to drive carefully and use caution, especially during the school year, when students are boarding and disembarking school buses.
Sheriff Anderson said, “Please follow the law and use caution while out on the roadways to keep our kids safe while going to and from school. The safety of our young people largely depends on the actions of drivers out on the roadways, and it is vital that everyone do their part to help our youth have a safe and happy school year.”
County Executive Molinaro said, “Throughout Dutchess County, thousands of families will watch their children step on a bus for the first time this school year. I urge all motorists to be courteous, obey traffic safety laws, and do their part to ensure our young students arrive safely.”
Motorists are asked to pay close attention and remember the following:
Students should pay special attention to school bus safety in and around school zones, and near bus stops. School children and parents should take notice of the following bus safety tips:
In the United States, 23 million students take the bus to and from school each day, keeping an estimated 17.3 million cars off the roads every year.
“The beginning of the school year brings us each an opportunity to once again familiarize ourselves with the rules of school bus safety,” County Executive Molinaro said. “Please allow additional time to your morning and afternoon commutes to provide students a safe ride to and from school. There’s nothing more important than our children’s safety. Together, we can provide them a safe and rewarding school year.”
More information on bus safety rules can be viewed online here.