July 7, 2014 @ 7:53 AM

Ahhh, summertime…. A time for outdoor picnics, fishing, parades, and fireworks! A time when many school children are on summer vacation taking a break from the classroom. Even though the "regular" school year may be over, as a community we need to be aware there are still buses transporting children to and from summer school, activity trips, and community events.

2014 is the 75th year anniversary of one of the most recognizable colors known as national school bus chrome. Frank Cyr, an educator who helped to organize the first national standards conference of school transportation in 1939, proposed all school buses nationwide be the same color: national school bus chrome. Thanks to this important milestone we have learned whenever you see the "yellow" school bus it means there are children who are being transported and as the motoring public, we need to be aware of this and be prepared to stop for those familiar red lights.

So, whenever you see that big or little yellow bus (whether stopped on the side of the road or in a parking lot of your local park) you need to be aware there are children nearby. It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. We all know to stop for the red lights, but seeing a yellow bus should also signal to a motorist to slow down… be aware there are children nearby.

We need to always expect the unexpected from children. School Bus Drivers are instructed to use their red flashers when loading or unloading students but sometimes a bus may not have its red lights on because the driver is just waiting in front of a building or near a park entrance to load passengers. Although you may not be required to stop for this bus you should still slow down, or be prepared to stop… be aware children may be near. 

Remember, summertime doesn't mean we won't see school buses. We may see less of them, but they will still be in our neighborhoods.