CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A teenage girl is at Lee Memorial Hospital after being hit by a school bus on the 2200 block of Embers Parkway West around 6:30 a.m.
The teenager was treated for injuries on the scene. She was conscious and coherent, and was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
The eastbound lanes of W. Embers Pkwy. is back open.
Police and fire officials remind students and parents that even though the days are getting longer and morning sun is rising earlier, it is still imperative to be extremely careful at bus stops.
For children, a few reminders: Arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes before bus time.
· When waiting, keep yourself and your belongings out of the road and away from traffic.
· Don't run between parked cars and buses.
· Never move towards the bus until it has stopped and the driver opens the door.
· Stay 10 feet away from the front or back end of the bus so that the driver can see you.
· Wait for the driver to signal you to board the bus.
· Before stepping off the curb to board the bus, look left and right to make sure your path to the bus is clear, especially if the bus is stopped away from the curb.
· Check that drawstrings, backpack straps, scarves and loose clothing cannot get caught on the bus handrail, door or the seats.
· Use the hand rail when entering the bus.
· Do not push or shove other students.
For parents, some additional safety tips:
· Arrive at the bus stop 5-10 minutes early. Children arriving late for the bus may be tempted to run across the street, causing them to possibly trip and fall in front of the moving bus or another vehicle.
· Walk your young child to the bus stop and when possible, have older children walk in groups. There is safety in numbers; groups are easier for drivers to see.
· If you must walk in the street, walk single file, face traffic and stay as close to the edge of the road as you can.
· Stop and look left, right and then left again if you must cross the street. Do the same thing at driveways and alleys. Exaggerate your head turns and narrate your actions so your child knows you are looking left, right and left.
While waiting at the Bus Stop:
· Don't let your child play running games or push and shove at the bus stop. It is dangerous near traffic.
· Make sure your child stands at least 10 feet (5 giant steps) from the road while waiting for the bus. The child will then be out of the way of traffic. Have younger children practice taking 5 giant steps to become familiar with 10 feet.
· If your child's bus stop is on a corner of another person's property, teach your children to be courteous and never leave litter behind.
· If waiting for the bus in your car, never park where you could obstruct the bus.
· Students should not wait in the car until the bus is coming! Students should be at the stop, ready to board the bus before it arrives.
In addition, firefighters also remind students to ALWAYS cross in front of the bus, NEVER behind. Make sure that you are at least 10 feet (five giant steps) ahead of the bus before crossing. When crossing in front of the bus, you should be able to maintain eye contact with the driver.
Remind children not to cross until the bus has come to a COMPLETE stop, the bus' RED stop lights are activated, and the driver signals it is safe to cross. NOT all drivers stop for school bus lights so always look to the right and left to make sure all traffic has come to a complete stop before stepping into the roadway. Finally, tell your children to cross in front of the bus at a distance that they can see the driver and the driver can see them.
Warn children that if they drop something, they should NEVER pick it up. Instead, they should tell the driver and follow the driver's instructions. If they bend over to pick up a dropped object, they might not be seen by the driver and could be hurt if the driver pulls away from the stop. Tell your children to NEVER CRAWL UNDER THE BUS!
The driver is not allowed to let a child off at another stop nor is a child allowed to board another bus without a bus pass.
Make sure your child knows that when exiting the bus on the trip home that they look to the right before stepping off the bus. Impatient drivers may try to pass the bus on the right. Again make sure to cross in front of the bus and maintain eye contact with driver.
If you meet your child at the bus stop after school, wait on the side where the child will be dropped off, not across the street. Children can be so excited at seeing you after school that they dash across the street and forget the safety rules.