Sheriff David M. Carpenter

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School Bus Safety:  Does Your Child Know The Rules?

Sheriff David Carpenter Encourages Safety Measures to Avoid Injury

 Lincoln County students returned to the classroom on August 27th and during the school year millions of students nationwide use school buses as transportation to and from school.  Although school buses represent the safest form of highway transportation, there are a number of safety factors of which both student and drivers should be aware.  Hoping to ensure school bus safety, Sheriff David Carpenter of Lincoln County encourages caution whenever school buses are present.

 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an average of 19 school-aged children die in school transportation-related traffic crashes each year and more school-aged pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. than any other time of day.

“Children are often eager to get off the school bus because they are excited to tell their parents about all of the fun they had at school that day,” said Sheriff Carpenter.

 “It is crucial that parents re-enforce the school bus safety rules children learn at school.”

Sheriff Carpenter also suggests that parents drive their child’s bus route with them to practice the proper safety precautions they can take to help ensure their child enjoys a safe ride to and from school.

 Sheriff Carpenter encourages all parents to discuss the following safety measures with their children:

             Student

 v     Always arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes early.

 v     While the bus is approaching make sure to stand at least three giant steps away from the curb, wait until the bus has come to a complete stop, the door opens, and the bus driver says that it’s OK to board.

 v     Always walk on the sidewalk when preparing to cross the street near a bus.  Make eye contact with the driver so that you are sure he or she sees you.

 v     Never walk behind the bus.

 v     If you are walking beside the bus, walk at least three giant steps away.

 v     Use the handrail when entering and exiting the bus. Take extra precautions to make sure that clothing with drawstrings and book bags do not get caught in the hand rail or door.

 v     Never stop to pick something up that you have dropped when a bus is stopped.  Tell the bus driver or wait until the bus has driven off to avoid not being seen by the driver.

 Motorists

 v     Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions.  Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.

 v     If there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously.  Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.

 v     Slow down and prepare to stop whenever you see yellow school bus lights flashing.

 v     Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights and the stop arm is extended.  This is a sign that children are getting on or off the bus. Motorists must wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus is moving before they can start driving again.

 v     Learn and obey the school bus laws in North Carolina.

     Watch Out for Stopped School Buses:

 Here is the information contained in the North Carolina DMV Driver’s Handbook

 Two Lane Highway: When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

  • Two Lane Roadway with a center turning lane:

When a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

  • Four Lane Roadway without a median separation:   When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!
  • Divided Highway of four lanes or more with a median separation:   When a school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop!
  • Roadway of Four Lanes or more with a center turning lane:  When a school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop!

 

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New Rules When Applying for Gun Permits

 

 

  • Applications for pistol purchase permits may be submitted in person at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office with payment of the $5.00 fee per permit.  There is no limit on the amount of permits that can be purchased.  There is no limit on the number of gun permits that can be purchase at one time.

 

  • The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, as a convenience and courtesy to the public, is also accepting on-line applications submitted through a private company's on-line application procedure. This option is strictly VOLUNTARY and any handling fee is between the company and the applicant.

 

  • The $5.00 fee is payable for each pistol permit application received.
 
 

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