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Class is now in session for Community High School District 99 and students at Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will return on Thursday, August 24. The Downers Grove Police Department works closely with the First Student Bus Company to ensure that motorists in our community know the laws pertaining to school buses.

The bus drivers report any stop-arm violations to the police department for appropriate action. Patrol officers and traffic officers will be out in force in neighborhoods and in the area of the schools making sure motorists obey the traffic laws.

Motorists should be aware that the following laws are in place for the safety of the children walking to and from school each day.

  • On any two-lane roadway and within school parking lots, all traffic must stop when the school bus has its "STOP" arm extended. On a four-lane roadway, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus are required to stop. The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is a $150.00 fine and a 90-day suspension of driving privileges.
  • The speed limit in areas posted as "School Zones" is 20 mph on school days from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, when children are present in the area. The minimum fine for this traffic offense is $150.00.
  • Always BUCKLE-UP everyone on every trip, every time. Seat belts are the best defense against driver mistakes - they save lives every day! 
  • When driving near schools, be alert for adult school crossing guards and student patrols that may be assisting children crossing the street. Motorists are required to obey the instructions of adult school crossing guards, so use caution and be prepared to stop.
  • Cell Phones are PROHIBITED in school zones for everyone! - State statute prohibits the use of cellphones for all drivers, regardless of age, while operating a motor vehicle in a school zone.

Please join the safety partnership between First Student Bus Company and the Downers Grove Police Department. Use caution when driving around all schools or whenever you see children in the area. Do your part to make the 2017/18 school year a safe one for our children.