LAPS: Please Stop For School Buses


School is almost out for the summer but the Los Alamos Public Schools Transportation Department urges all drivers in the county to stop when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

“We want to keep the students of Los Alamos safe,” said LAPS Director of Transportation Keith Rosenbaum. “Running the stop arm and flashing red lights of a school bus endangers the students getting on and off the buses. Once students start to walk away from the bus, it is essential that the public stop when the lights are flashing and the stop arm is out to ensure the safety of these students.” 

There have been 103 reported stop arm runners during the spring semester.  All LAPS school buses have been equipped with cameras which record the offense. 

LAPS is urging all drivers in Los Alamos and White Rock to exercise caution when it comes to school buses, bus stops and the students who ride those buses. Each and every driver can do their part by remembering school bus safety rules and tips. 

First, drive slowly and look for children waiting at the bus stop, walking or riding their bicycles to school. Second, know what the flashing lights indicate. A red flashing light with the extended stop arm means traffic is required to stop, even in both directions of a two-lane road. Yellow flashing lights mean the bus is preparing to stop, so proceed with caution. 

Be careful when pulling up to a bus stop because children might be running out to the bus. Finally, follow all school zone speed limits, look for students in crosswalks and never pass a bus on the outside of a turn. 

If you have any questions about school bus stops or school bus safety, please contact the Transportation Department at 663-2255.