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Garrett County Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee Ask Public to Stay Alert for School Buses

Aug 23, 2017 | Press Releases

As summer rapidly fades, the Garrett County Traffic and Transportation Advisory Committee reminds everyone that as local students are heading back to schools, motorists will be sharing the road with the big yellow buses. The first day of school for Garrett County students is on Monday, August 28th.

Motorists should pay close attention on roadways and designated school zones, especially in the mornings and afternoons when schools open and close.  Maryland law requires all vehicles to come to a complete stop for stopped buses with activated red lights on both sides of the road if there is no physical divider or barrier.

In other words, if the bus is stopped with its red lights flashing motorists meeting or overtaking the bus are required to stop at least 20 feet from the bus in either direction.  The only exception is when there is a physical barrier dividing a four-lane roadway, then only vehicles following the bus are required to stop.

According to the National Research Council, school buses are nearly eight times safer than passenger vehicles. Of the more than 800 students killed in the US each year going to and from school, only an average of seven students are killed in bus crashes.

The Maryland Highway Safety office reports that “the greatest risk is not when riding in the bus, but approaching or leaving the bus. While an average of seven school-age passengers are killed in school bus crashes each year, 19 are killed getting on and off the bus. Most of those killed are children, five to seven years old. They are hit in the Danger Zone (the 10 foot area) around the bus, either by a passing vehicle or by the school bus itself. It’s illegal for a vehicle to pass a bus with its red lights flashing.”

In an effort to keep school children safe, the Maryland State Police, Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, and Oakland Police Department will each have additional patrols out to enforce traffic laws near schools and around school buses.

2017 Garrett County Flu Clinics
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Flu Clinic Banner 2017 Community Vaccination Schedule:
We will bill Medicare Part B and private insurance companies. Be sure to bring your Medicare card and/or insurance card so we can bill your insurance carrier. There will be NO out-of-pocket costs for influenza vaccine.

Where When Time
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) October 12, 2017 (Thursday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friendsville Senior Center October 18, 2017 (Wednesday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Grantsville) October 20, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Kitzmiller Senior Center October 25, 2017 (Wednesday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) October 27, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Swanton Senior Center October 30 2017 (Monday) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Bloomington Fire Hall October 30, 2017 (Monday) 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Oakland) November 9, 2017 (Thursday) 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Garrett County Health Department (Grantsville)  November 17, 2017 (Friday) 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Pneumonia vaccines will be available at these clinics for only those with Medicare Part B. Other persons who want pneumonia vaccine should call 301 334-7770 or 301 895-5355 to schedule an appointment at the health department.

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