www.cseany.org Published by CSEA 143 Washington Ave Albany, NY • 12210 Danny Donohue, President (518) 257-1000 • (800) 342-4146 CSEA • Local 1000 AFSCME • AFL-CIO School is open, be aware! September is a good time to brush up on the rules of the road as they pertain to school buses. Thousands of CSEA members work as drivers or monitors for school districts across the state. The Don’t Zone Out campaign is taking a special focus this month to raise school bus safety awareness to keep children, our members and the traveling public, SAFE. SLOW DOWN -- BE AWARE -- STOP. IT’S THE LAW: • It is illegal — and very dangerous — to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. • You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or behind. Most buses are equipped with stop signs that extend from the side of the bus. • You must always stop for flashing red lights, which indicate that the bus is picking up or dropping off students, even on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds. • The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400, 5 points on your license, and/ or possibly 30 days in jail. • The memory of injuring or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life! • Yellow lights mean the bus is preparing to stop. Slow down! • Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. STOP! Help spread the word. Share with your coworkers, family and union members. National School Bus Safety Week is Oct. 19-23. Photo courtesy of Kings Park Central School District Unit President Rich Lasnier CSEA Kings Park Central School District Unit members in the district’s Transportation Department, including bus drivers, use teamwork to send a message to remind motorists to be cautious and alert for school buses as the school year begins.
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