Wednesday, August 09, 2023

Trucking industry reminds drivers to keep eyes up for school busses

As Alabama’s schools prepare to resume, the Alabama Trucking Association (ATA) reminds all drivers about the importance of being watchful around school buses. Our message underscores the significance of vigilance on the road, especially during the back-to-school season.

“With the new school year upon us, ATA calls on all motorists, including truckers, commuters, and motorists, to remain cautious and mindful of their surroundings,” said ATA Vice President of Safety & Compliance. “The trucking industry is committed to safety at all levels and we feel compelled to emphasize several crucial points to ensure the safety of young students.”

Whether you’re a trucker, motorist, or commuter, please heed these essential reminders:

  • Stay Vigilant: All drivers should keep a keen eye out for school buses and children at bus stops.
  • Respect Traffic Signals: ATA stresses that when school bus red lights flash, it constitutes a clear stop sign that must be obeyed without exceptions.
  • Safe Distances: ATA advises giving school buses adequate space to safely stop and proceed.
  • Practice Patience: Given that school buses make frequent stops, the ATA reminds drivers to exercise patience and courtesy.
  • Observe Speed Limits: Speed limits in school zones are to be strictly adhered to for the safety of children and pedestrians.
  • Pedestrian Priority: ATA underscores the need to yield to pedestrians, especially within marked crosswalks.
  • No Passing: Passing a halted school bus is both unlawful and dangerous, and ATA stresses the importance of abiding by this rule.
  • Minimize Distractions: All drivers are urged to avoid distractions while operating their vehicles, especially in areas with school-related activities.
  • Safety Above All: The Alabama Trucking Association highlights its commitment to road safety, emphasizing that protecting young students is of paramount importance.

We ask all drivers to keep their “Eyes Up for School Busses” to foster a secure environment for students as they travel to and from school. Alabama Trucking leaders call on all members of the community to share this message and participate in ensuring an accident-free school year. 

For more information and resources, please visit the National Association for Pupil Transportation at