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Why do school buses stop at railroad tracks and turn on their emergency lights and open the doors?

I was just curious lol, I know they do this even when they don't have any kids in the bus as well.


Asked by cynprz at 2:37 PM on Aug. 25, 2010 in Just for Fun

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Answers (11)
  • in case anyone wants to become a railroad hobo, thats their chance ;) j/k

    Answer by Zoeyis at 2:39 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • to make absolutely sure a train isn't going to hit the bus full of kids

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 2:40 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Zoeyis...LMAO and i think i peed in my pants too!

    Answer by fiatpax at 2:40 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • So things like this won't happen:

    File:Fox river grove 1995 bus accident scene.jpg


    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:46 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Standard procedure

    Lights warn other drivers that they are stopping and they open the doors to better hear if a train is coming.

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:38 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • The lights r on to warn other cars etc. not to go around them. The doors r to view to see a train and for hearing.

    Answer by dancer at 2:40 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • LMFAO Zoeyis!!!

    Answer by Jademom07 at 2:40 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • JadeMom answered it best. :)

    Zoey answered the funniest, lol

    Answer by Memigen at 2:44 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • Even though railroad crossings have lights and bells, drivers are supposed to stop and open the door to actually look and listen for a train just in case the signal isn't working. This practice is actually somewhat controversial. Two years ago, a group of kids from the high school where I teach was on field trip. When the driver stopped on the highway at the tracks, he was hit from behind by a semi that didn't stop. It's an old law written before crossings all had signals. On the other side of the coin, if a driver didn't stop and then was hit by a train, that would be horrible.

    Answer by Esmrlda at 2:46 PM on Aug. 25, 2010

  • It is standard procedure, it's a carry over from when rail crossings were uncontrolled. When the yellow lights are flashing you can still pass if it's safe, if they're flashing red you have to stop. The driver opens the door to more clearly see and hear if there is a train approaching.

    It's not as big an issue in cities and towns where the crossings have lights and gates, but there are still crossings in rural areas that only have signs, no lights - so it's pretty important for them to stop. And it's just procedure, because it's safer to stop at all crossings and check than forget to stop that one time and ... It's all about the kids safety.

    Answer by canadianmom1974 at 2:52 PM on Aug. 25, 2010