When to Cross

If you grew up in the United States, then you more than likely rode to school on one of these:

You knew that when that bus stopped you could get on and off safely without worry.  When you get to your stop you got off and went running home without a second thought to traffic, because it was stopped and couldn’t go anywhere while YOUR bus was there.

Well now you are all grown and you use a city bus to get around, not only is it not bright yellow, but it doesn’t have the same magical powers your school bus did.  Yet you still dart out in front to get to work on time, and that was the last thing you ever did because you just got hit by a car going 45mph to get around YOUR bus.

Its an everyday occurrence, I see a passenger get off my bus and then without thinking begins to walk in front of the bus to cross the street.  I can’t really fault them for it, its something that is ingrained in our minds ever since our first day of school.  But crossing the street BEFORE the bus leaves is one of the most dangerous practices I see daily.  On numerous occasions I’ve had to blow my horn to prevent an unsuspecting passenger from taking what might be their last steps.  This video clearly demonstrates what I mean

The little girl gets off just like she would her school bus.  Thankfully the driver was quick acting and potentially saved her little life.  But as with most things in life it doesn’t always end that way.

So as a passenger, make sure you wait until the bus leaves and whenever possible, cross at a lit intersection with a crosswalk.  As a driver, when you approach a stopped public bus don’t be in a rush to speed around, you may forever alter someone else’s life and your own.  Cover your brake and because alert and cautious until you clear the bus or the bus leaves.  This very small things can have a HUGE impact on your safety and someone else’s.