Good Question: Do emergency crews stop for school busses too?

September 26, 2017 06:11 AM

Most of us know we have to stop when we see a school bus with its lights and stop signs activated. But what happens when there's an emergency? 

A mom, who was waiting with her son at a bus stop in Hilton, recently witnessed this. Angela's question to Pat Taney was: “Who has the right of way, the bus with their lights or the emergency vehicle with their lights?” 

We went to Kathleen Callon, the Director of Transportation for the East Irondequoit School District for the answer.

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“The emergency crews are required to stop for the reds on a school bus."

That's according to the law. Bus drivers realize every second counts in an emergency so they do try 
to help 911 crews.

"He or she can abort the stop if that driver notices an ambulance of fire truck coming by. That driver will keep the kids on the bus, deactivate the reds and let that vehicle go by," Callon said.

But only when there are no children waiting to cross the street.

"If there is a time we have to abort it, the warning signal is to hit the horn to signal the kids to get back to a safe zone."

The key Callon says, is for drivers of both school busses and emergency vehicles to work together. "We're always communicating."

Parents should also remind their kids to be aware of their surroundings and to listen for those sirens before they cross or get off a bus.

Tell your children to always wait until their school bus driver signals them to cross before they do.


Pat Taney

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