The Village of Bellevue has many kids who walk, ride bikes, and take busses to and from school every day. Please remember to watch out for kids crossing the streets and please abide by the Village of Bellevue’s Adult Crossing Guards. In School Zones please slow down to watch out for parents, kids and bicyclists crossing the streets. According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation over the last five years, there has been an average of 624 school bus crashes a year, resulting in an average of 180 school bus occupant injuries each year. Some of these accidents happen when children are crossing near a bus and a vehicle does not see the pedestrian crossing the street.
According to National Association of State Director of Pupil Transportation Service ‘You must stop a minimum of 20’ from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing. You must stop whether the school bus is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road or at an intersection that you are approaching. After the school bus red lights have stopped flashing, watch for children along the side of the road.’ During inclement weather slowdown in school zones or in the presence of a school bus; the slower speed will improve reaction time and provides additional distance to prevent an injury.
For additional information please go to the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicle website (http://www.dot.state.wi.us/ ), for questions on Village of Bellevue school Zones or the Village’s Safe Routes to School Plan please go to http://www.villageofbellevue.org/community-development/planning/pedestrian-bicycle-a-safe-routes-to-school-plan.html
Have a safe and happy school year!!