Town of Ridgeland, SC
Police Department

One Town Square
P.O. Box 1719
Ridgeland, SC 29936

Office Phone:
(843) 726-7530

After Hours Phone:
(843) 726-7519

Our Mission:

The mission of the Ridgeland Police Department is to work in a true partnership with the citizens of Ridgeland to enhance the quality of life in our Town by raising the level of public safety through law enforcement, to reduce the fear, and incidence of crime.

In accomplishing the goals: Service will be our commitment, honor and integrity, our mandate.

August Topic:  




Sharing the road safely with school buses:

School buses are one of the safest forms of transportation on the road today. In fact,
according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13
times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. The
reality of school bus safety is that more children are hurt outside the bus than inside as
passengers. Most of the children who lose their lives in bus-related crashes are pedestrians,
four to seven years old, who are hit by the bus or by motorists illegally passing a stopped
school bus. For this reason, it is necessary to know the proper laws and procedures for
sharing the road safely with school buses:

  •  All 50 states have a law making it illegal
    to pass a school bus that is stopped to
    load or unload children.

  •  School buses use yellow flashing lights
    to alert motorists that they are preparing
    to stop to load or unload children. Red
    flashing lights and an extended stop sign
    arm signals to motorists that the bus is
    stopped and children are getting on or off
    the bus.

  •  All 50 states require that traffic in both
    directions stop on undivided roadways
    when students are entering or exiting a
    school bus.

  •  While state laws vary on what is required
    on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic
    behind the school bus (traveling in the
    same direction) must stop.

  •  The area 10 feet around a school bus is
    where children are in the most danger of
    being hit. Stop your car far enough from
    the bus to allow children the necessary
    space to safely enter and exit the bus.

  •  Be alert. Children are unpredictable.
    Children walking to or from their bus are
    usually very comfortable with their
    surroundings. This makes them more
    likely to take risks, ignore hazards or fail
    to look both ways when crossing the

  •  Never pass a school bus on the right. It
    is illegal and could have tragic

    Sharing the road safely with child pedestrians:

All drivers need to recognize the special safety needs of pedestrians, especially those that
are children. Young, elderly, disabled and intoxicated pedestrians are the most frequent
victims in auto-pedestrian collisions. Generally, pedestrians have the right-of-way at all
intersections; however, regardless of the rules of the road or right-of-way, you as a driver are
obligated to exercise great care and extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians.

  •  Drivers should not block the crosswalk
    when stopped at a red light or waiting to
    make a turn. Do not stop with a portion
    of your vehicle over the crosswalk.
    Blocking the crosswalk forces
    pedestrians to go around your vehicle
    and puts them in a dangerous situation.

  •  In a school zone when a warning flasher
    or flashers are blinking, you must stop to
    yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian
    crossing the roadway within a marked
    crosswalk or at an intersection with no
    marked crosswalk.

  •  Always stop when directed to do so by a
    school patrol sign, school patrol officer or
    designated crossing guard.

  •  Children are the least predictable
    pedestrians and the most difficult to see.
    Take extra care to look out for children
    not only in school zones, but also in
    residential areas, playgrounds and

  •  Don’t honk your horn, rev your engine or
    do anything to rush or scare a pedestrian
    in front of your car, even if you have the
    legal right-of-way.



Ridgeland Police Department, One Town Square, PO Box 1719, Ridgeland, SC 29936 | Phone (843) 726-7530

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