Area students will be heading back to school in a few weeks. Motorists are encouraged to refresh their memories about how to share the road safely with school buses and other school transportation vehicles. Pennsylvania law requires motorists stop at least 10 feet away from school buses when their red lights are flashing and their stop arm is extended. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is withdrawn. Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety. Penalties for failure to obey school bus safety laws can result in a $250 fine, five points on a driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
State Police in Huntingdon County will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on area roadways in the upcoming weeks. Motorists encountering checkpoints will be stopped briefly. If there is an indication a driver has consumed alcohol or a controlled substance, or committed any violation of law, occupants may be detained for further investigation. The primary emphasis will be on DUI, but all laws will be enforced during the checkpoints.