From the Desk of Patrick A. Rhode, Chief of Police, Lyndhurst Police Department
Summer / Fall 2022 Updates
Original Release: 8/25/2022
It's that time of year again, and with school back in session for some and getting ready to start for others, school buses will be packed with kids headed to and from school. Do you know when to stop for a school bus? School bus traffic laws are in effect for the safety of children or other passengers entering or leaving a school bus. Children often will be crossing the street at bus stops, so these laws are extremely important for their safety. In Ohio, school bus traffic laws vary depending on the size of the road.
On a road with fewer than four lanes, all traffic approaching a stopped school bus from either direction must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus and remain stopped until the bus begins to move or the bus driver signals motorists to proceed. If the bus is stopped on a street with four or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction as the bus must stop. To facilitate this law, children are dropped off onthe same side of the road as their residences, so they won't have to cross the street.
Other School Bus Safety Tips:
➜ Never pass a school bus on the right.
➜ All school buses must stop before crossing railroad tracks.
➜ Never pass a bus at a railroad crossing.
➜ Be aware of school zone signals and always obey the posted speed limits — we will heavily enforce school speed limits.
➜ Leave a little early so you are not rushed as you travel.
School bus drivers believing a motorist has unlawfully passed a stopped bus will — if possible — report the license plate number to the Lyndhurst Police Department. We will diligently attempt to determine the identity of the driver, and if the identity is established, the reporting of the license plate number by the school bus driver establishes probable cause upon which to issue a citation. Failure to establish the identity of the driver may result in us sending a warning letter to the registered owner stating that a motor vehicleregistered to the owner was reported as having unlawfully passed a stopped school bus in The City of Lyndhurst.
Failure to stop for a school bus can add points to your license and can be punishable by fi nes up to $500. You must appear in court for this violation, and the judge may suspend your driver's license for up to one year. A driver who injures a pedestrian while failing to comply with school bus safety laws can face both criminal charges and civil liability (i.e. medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering damages, etc.).
Please do your part and pay attention as to whether the wheels on the bus are going round and round, or not ... our children's safety depends upon it!
Safety Town Success
Safety Town is back! After a very long hiatus, Safety Town returned to The City of Lyndhurst in a collaborative effort between The City of Lyndhurst, the Lyndhurst Police & Fire Departments, The Lyndhurst Police Foundation, and the Hillcrest YMCA.
Safety Town is a community program for children entering kindergarten. The program's focus is to give students the tools to increase their awareness and make safe choices when it comes to road, bike, and school bus safety. The program also included water safety, stranger danger, safety signs, seat belt safety, playground safety, and stop drop and roll in fire safety.
Held for two weeks in July, Lyndhurst Safety Town 2022 was — by all accounts — a huge success! Instruction was handled by members of the Lyndhurst Police and Fire Departments, with assistance from YMCA facilitators. Approximately 60 youngsters graduated from the inaugural classes. The weather was almost perfect, the children were excited and participated at every opportunity provided. It was a great experience for all involved and it allowed us to bring the police and community together in The City of Lyndhurst.
We want to thank all of the parents and guardians who allowed us to share Safety Town with their children. Additionally, we offer a huge shout out to all of those who made this program a huge success from the development, planning, and execution phases of Safety Town. Everyone involved was able to take away something from our time together. We look forward to bringing this program back in 2023, with even more to offer and new friends to be made!
Lyndhurst Home Day
Mark your calendars for Lyndhurst Home Day, scheduled for the weekend of September 9, 10, and 11, 2022. We look forward to welcoming community members to Lyndhurst Park once again for what looks to be a fun-filled weekend. Please make sure to stop by the Lyndhurst Police Department booth and say hello to your Lyndhurst Police Officers.