For Immediate Release: August 2, 2018

Contact: Barry Smith at 919-807-6011

August is Back to School Safety Month: Know the rules of the road

Violating the school bus law can cost you

RALEIGH -- August is Back to School Safety Month, and North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey who also serves as the Chair for SafeKids NC reminds students, parents, and motorists to use extra caution as students walk, drive, or ride the bus to school.

“Passing a stopped school bus can result in the motorist adding four insurance points and seeing an 80 percent increase in auto insurance premiums,” Commissioner Causey noted. “More importantly, making such an ill-advised and unsafe move could result in injury or death to one of our precious children.”

While students on traditional calendars will go back to school the last week of August, students at year-round schools have already started boarding buses and have headed back to class.

On a typical day, more than 14,000 school buses carrying nearly 800,000 students operate on North Carolina roads.

Commissioner Causey encouraged all motorists to watch for children walking to school or waiting by the roadside for a school bus. And he advised motorists to understand the rules of the road when a school bus is stopped picking up passengers.

Commissioner Causey also offered National Safety Council tips as students and teachers head back to school.

For pedestrians:

For bike riders:

For bus riders:

For motorist, in addition to obeying the stopped school bus law:

For more information on how to keep children safe during Back to School Safety Month or throughout the year, visit the website