Shedding some light on safety and strobes on school buses

Q: For the last few years, every time I get behind a school bus in the dark hours of the morning, I wonder about the purpose of that white strobe light on the back roof of the bus. Full Story
homie

Easton, PA

#21 Feb 18, 2008
home school your children if you area able to. It would keeps costs down, and it avoids all the crapola they would get in school.

Per capita the stobe filled world of public education is not safe and is costly.
WorseThanStrobes

Elverson, PA

#22 Feb 18, 2008
The "new" yellow blinker lights on the back of busses to draw attention to the big red brakelights. many drivers see these flashing yellow lights as Hazard Lights and think they should proceed to pass the Mass Transit Bus.

They look like 4 ways and are just dangerous.

Anyone else remember before everyone went light crazy? It all started in 1985 with the dumbing down of drivers who government felt needed a 3rd brake night. Yea, I never could see the real brakelights.

The amount of requlation and insane laws in this country becomes more frighteneing each and every day!
nonyor

Scranton, PA

#23 Feb 18, 2008
I they are on the bus how does the light bother them?

I was not only implying the bus, I was implying the whole idea of the strobe in every location.
RonMania

Easton, PA

#24 Feb 18, 2008
WhitehallDad wrote:
Personally, anything that is done to ensure the safety of my children when they are on the bus is fine with me. To those who complain, sorry, but maybe you shouldn't be driving.
Maybe you should put a stobe light on your head & we can avoid your obnoxious opinions!!
News Watcher

United States

#25 Feb 18, 2008
"Now before all you bleeding hearts get your panties in a knot, I do have elementary aged children, so I know what it is all about. But I get them to the bus stop with no less than five minutes to spare and I have them out and ready by the time the bus comes to a stop. It can be done - but most parents are just too lazy and inconsiderate! "

AMEN! Get out of the car and be ready to go. These are the same people who park in fire zones because they can't spare 15 seconds of their precious lives to walk 30 feet!
WOW

Berlin, MD

#26 Feb 18, 2008
Lets all get them on our cars

Since: Feb 08

Whitehall, PA

#27 Feb 18, 2008
RonMania wrote:
<quoted text>Maybe you should put a stobe light on your head & we can avoid your obnoxious opinions!!
Let me guess...you're one of the ignorant people who try to drive around the STOPPED buses or worried about siezures. Just stating my opinion and too bad if you don't like it.

Since: Feb 08

Whitehall, PA

#28 Feb 18, 2008
Maybe you should put a stobe light on your head & we can avoid your obnoxious opinions!!

You're probably one of those people who drive around a STOPPED bus or are you the person who has siezures because of them. Either way it doesn't matter and you don't matter to me.
Old RN

Zacata, VA

#29 Feb 18, 2008
There is a particular seizure disorder that can be triggered by flashing lights, whether it be from the computer, TV, strobe lights or even driving along the highway under a thick canopy of bare trees which makes the sunlight flicker. I can understand the person that the strobes trigger her migranes. She is not just whining.
mich

Reading, PA

#30 Feb 18, 2008
To those of you who think the strobes are distracting.....find something else to complain about. My children are on that bus that actually drops our kids off on a busy road. People do still ignore the bus and one tried to actually pass one with red lights on. Also for police officers with too many distracting lights..........is your husband or relative a police officer or firefighter? If those lights save one person from being hurt in an accident, it is certainly worth $80 to me. The strobes always get my attention and I'm glad it does! Not only does it help protect my children and husband but lets you know they are taking extra steps for them to be safe. Also, remember next time you have an emergency.......you'll be glad to see those lights!
RonMania

Easton, PA

#31 Feb 18, 2008
WhitehallDad wrote:
Maybe you should put a stobe light on your head & we can avoid your obnoxious opinions!!
You're probably one of those people who drive around a STOPPED bus or are you the person who has siezures because of them. Either way it doesn't matter and you don't matter to me.
You repeat yourself so well for person that has limited education of lighting!! The buses should drive in the dark with no lights - then us smart people can run over the little uneducated brats as they cross the road. Just like slamming those stupid pedistrian crossing signs that have popped up everywhere! Nanny government!!
Mary

Slatington, PA

#32 Feb 18, 2008
I find the lights very distracting. I have seen school bus drivers go through red lights.....so tell me how a strobe light is going to protect your little darlings?
Mary

Slatington, PA

#33 Feb 18, 2008
WOW wrote:
you people need to get a life...ohhh the strobe lights may hurt my eyes.....if your eyes are that sensative you shouldn't be driving!
You are obviously very uneducated to say something like that!!!
Mary

Slatington, PA

#34 Feb 18, 2008
WOW wrote:
you people need to get a life...ohhh the strobe lights may hurt my eyes.....if your eyes are that sensative you shouldn't be driving!
I bet looking at you would hurt our eyes too!!!! haw haw haw
Mary

Slatington, PA

#35 Feb 18, 2008
MyKidsDad wrote:
It's amazing that someone can actually not see a big yellow bus. The strobes are annoying, unecessary, and should be eliminated.
As far as cars passing stopped school busses, who can blame them. Those darn busses stop at every street corner, every development, and in rural areas nearly every driveway. It's ridiculous already. There's a new development up on Kesslerville Road that has two entrances just a few feet apart and the bus stops at both of them!!!!!! And the sad part is that all the kids are waiting in cars with their parents (as they should be) but can't the parents drive a few more feet to the other driveway so the bus only has to stop once? Then there are those parents that make their kids wait in the car until the bus comes to a complete stop, then the kids have to get their backpacks, etc., get a kiss, walk across the street very slowly, wave to the parent, go back for what they forgot, back across the street, wave again, and finally get on the bus. Very rude and arrogant! Note to these parents: Get your fat arse out of the car a few minutes before the scheduled bus time, cross the street, and have your brats ready to get on the bus! Have some respect for people driving to work.
Now before all you bleeding hearts get your panties in a knot, I do have elementary aged children, so I know what it is all about. But I get them to the bus stop with no less than five minutes to spare and I have them out and ready by the time the bus comes to a stop. It can be done - but most parents are just too lazy and inconsiderate!
Oh yeah...and don't you love the ones that just as the bus is ready to leave they are running down the street waving their arms late? Holding all of us up!!! I say leave the little brats behind.....
City Dweller

Easton, PA

#37 Feb 18, 2008
I too have wondered about the constant or frequent use of strobe lights on school buses. They certainly can be annoying; and under those circumstances, I don't see how they can contribute to safety. Admittedly, however, they do get one's attention. The issue then is, What happens next?

This article mentions the lights on police cars. A related issue, as I see it, is the proliferation of flashing lights on ambulances and fire trucks. If all of these flashing lights are now "must-be's" and "must-use", other motorists need a refresher course on how to quickly see them all and interpret what they mean -- especially seeing and correctly interpreting directional signals. A major error can occur in a split second. Is anybody else concerned about this and/or working on it?
mich

Reading, PA

#38 Feb 18, 2008
It's amazing to me how many of you are ignorant about this serious subject and call the children brats, fatty kids etc. My children get picked up b/c we live on a busy street with no sidewalks which in fact last week a student was killed after being hit by a car. So if they are annoying to you, don't look at it but you'll sure know when you see them that it's a school bus in front or in back of you. Everyone in our society is in a hurry to go nowhere and children are the responsibility of that school bus driver while in their hands. I do my part as far as making sure my kids do not fool around while on the bus or getting off. My husband is a volunteer firefighter and there are certain laws they need to obide when responding to a call in his vehicle or driving apparatus. I'm proud to hear those sirens and see those lights. The bottom line is if people really did pay more attention to driving then texting friends, talking on the phone etc. then we really wouldn't need to be having this conversation. I could go on about the ignorant people that try to beat firetrucks, ambulances, schoolbuses etc. but I'll stop. A major error can occur when you answer your cell phone or change your radio station. They are just trying to install good safety measures b/c if someone was tragically killed or injured I'm sure you would feel alot different.
Charles Klein

Whitehall, PA

#39 Feb 18, 2008
Maybe we should all get strobes atop our cars, too. I feel that the safety of every driver and passenger is just as important as school children on the roads we all share.

It might also help us compete with the trash haulers, tow truck operators, and fuel oil delivery trucks, oh wait, they don't bother with any warnings, they just park in the roadway and conduct their profit-making business while we are delayed and put in harms way on 2-lane roads.

But we're reaching a saturation where flashing lights are less than unusual events indicating the need for added attention, instead we're reaching a point of ignoring them, especially when they're constantly in use.
mich

Reading, PA

#40 Feb 18, 2008
RonMania wrote:
<quoted text>You repeat yourself so well for person that has limited education of lighting!! The buses should drive in the dark with no lights - then us smart people can run over the little uneducated brats as they cross the road. Just like slamming those stupid pedistrian crossing signs that have popped up everywhere! Nanny government!!
Seems like your still uneducated! Maybe you should get on the bus!
Karen__ VA

Virginia Beach, VA

#42 Feb 18, 2008
I read the question about the stobe light on the top of school buses. Here in Virginia Beach and surround areas all of the school buses have them. You may think of them as annoying, but I think they are a necessity. Too many people drive around not paying attention to what is going on around them while driving.
Obviously the light got your attention. Then it is doing it's job. My advice, don't stare at it and it won't hypnotize you.

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