DMV and VDOE Share School Bus Safety Tips for Motorists and Students

September 28, 2023

RICHMOND – Students across the Commonwealth are one month into the school year, and the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) remind motorists of the importance of school bus safety laws and being extra alert for children getting on and off school buses. 

“Since most school bus-related crashes happen when students are walking to or waiting at the bus stop, we encourage all drivers to be on the lookout when backing out of driveways and driving through neighborhoods,” said DMV Commissioner Dr. Gerald Lackey, the Governor's Highway Safety Representative.  “By following school bus safety laws and being extra cautious near bus stops, you can do your part to better ensure a safer school year for our children.” 

“Our bus drivers work diligently to keep Virginia’s students safe on their way to and from school, but it’s not just up to them. We all have a responsibility to take safety seriously.” said VDOE Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Lisa Coons. “We recommend parents and guardians talk with their children about staying off their phones at the bus stop, being aware of their surroundings, and when possible, standing in groups to be more visible. Let’s work together to stay alert and keep our kids safe.”