Children, drivers encouraged to take extra caution for school bus safety

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- In wake of recent pedestrian accidents, parents may want their children to take extra caution before sending them out to school bus stops.

The National Safety Council and State Farm offer several tips for children and drivers to ensure kids can safely commute to and from school.

Children should wait away from a roadway, only cross a road once a bus comes to a complete stop and cross in front of the bus, according to the National Safety Council.

State Farm encourages drivers to keep an eye for young students, slow down if near a bus and know the traffic laws in their area.

It is also against the law for drivers to pass a stopped school bus until all students have left and crossed their roadway. You can also not pass when red lights are flashing or the stop sign comes out.

For more tips on school bus safety, click here​.