The Resident State Trooper's Office is reminding residents of the following aspects of school bus safety:
• Cars must stop for flashing amber or red lights on a school bus on undivided roads with multiple lanes, even if a vehicle is in the furthest lane from the bus on the opposite side of the road, state police said.
• The first-offense fine for passing a stopped school bus with its lights flashing is $465. Subsequent offenses require a summons to be issued. School bus drivers have been directed to take down the registration plates of cars violating the bus-stop rules and state police said they investigate all instances.
• Cars should stop on both amber and red flashing school bus lights.
• Drivers should assume that students are looking at the bus and not them.
• The ideal stopping distance both in front and in back of a school bus is 10 feet.
• Buses are n the roads all day during the school year.
• Students should wait 10 feet from the curb and not proceed toward the bus until the driver nods and the red lights are flashing.
• Drivers should not pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights inside a school parking lot.
• Motorists should take extra precautions on Crystal Lake Road during the school day because of several blind spots on the road.