Georgia GOHS Encourages Driver Caution as Kids Head Back to School
GEORGIA – According to a news report posted online at wtoc.com, the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is encouraging driver caution as kids in the state head back to school in August. The first day of school for several counties was August 1, and that means school buses will be back on the roads, and kids will be out walking.*
Schools in the districts for Georgia counties Bryan, Bulloch, Evans, and Tattnall started the 2019-2020 school year on August 1. In light of schools coming back into session, GOHS is reminding drivers that they need to share the road with buses and keep an eye out for children walking on sidewalks and across roadways.
School zone laws will be back in force, and drivers should expect to see more cars and pedestrians around schools now that classes are beginning. Officers in counties across the state will be back out at schools to make sure that drivers are following posted speed limits for school zones and surrounding areas, as well as obeying other traffic laws.
The Savannah-Chatham County school district will start classes for the year on August 5, and leading up to that day, parents and kids in the district will have the opportunity to ride on school buses to see their routes and meet bus drivers. GOHS is also giving motorists a refresher on Georgia’s laws regarding passing and stopping for school buses.
On a two-lane roadway, drivers headed in both directions need to stop for buses. On a multi-lane roadway with center turn lane, drivers headed in both directions need to stop for buses. On a divided highway featuring a concrete, grass, or dirt median, vehicles headed in the same direction as a school bus need to stop. Vehicles headed in the opposite direction may continue with caution.
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