Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 2018-19 school year for Ferndale students and with it traffic impacts throughout the area.
Drivers can expect much heavier than normal traffic around Ferndale schools in the morning and again as schools are dismissed in the afternoon. Drivers should also expect school buses making stops along their routes.
Speed reduction in school zones will be enforced along with the requirement to stop when school buses display their stop signs and alternately flashing red lights. Failing to stop for a school bus can put yourself and children at risk as well as result in a fine of $430.
Basics of when to stop for school buses (per the Washington State Patrol):
- You must ALWAYS stop if you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.
- On a two-lane road, traffic in both directions need to stop.
- If there are three or more lanes, or a divided roadway, you are not required to stop if you’re traveling in the opposite direction of the bus.
- Even if you are not required to stop, you still need to proceed with caution.