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GO Riteway school buses rollout new eight-light safety system

GO Riteway school buses will begin using an eight-light warning system beginning August 16, 2016, thanks to a law that was passed earlier this year. The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Section 108 added four additional red warning lights to school buses in 1968. Those added lamps are now amber in color and are located inboard of the red warning lights; intended to signal an upcoming stop to drivers and overridden by the red lights and stop sign as the entry door is opened.

Many states adopted this eight-light system during the 1970s and 1980s. Wisconsin was the single remaining state to adopt this safety feature, which now goes into effect on August 16, 2016. The new 8-light system incorporates the use of amber warning lights. The amber lights will flash before the red lights as a ‘Warning’ that the bus is preparing to stop, similar to a traffic light. The outer red warning lights alert vehicles traveling around a school bus that they should prepare to stop.

Wisconsin DOT has prepared a video to demonstrate how the new light system works and gives additional information. The video can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIpXv7ChbKk as well as on GO Riteway’s website: www.goriteway.com. As Wisconsin prepares for another school year, WATCH for School Buses with flashing Amber and Red lights. Remember, the AMBER warning lights mean “PREPARE TO STOP” and the RED warning lights and STOP arm mean that you must “STOP” no closer than 20 feet from the bus. It’s against the law to not stop for a school bus, but more importantly, our children are counting on YOU for their safety in getting to school and home!

About GO Riteway

GO Riteway Transportation Group’s origin as a premier ground transportation company began 59 years ago when the Bast Family founded Riteway Bus Service, Inc. Now, into the third generation of family leadership, GO Riteway continues to expand providing dependable and safe transportation for business travelers, tourists, students and local residents. GO Riteway operates out of 16 locations in Wisconsin with a fleet that includes school buses, motor coaches, shuttle coaches, limo coaches, mini coaches, executive sedans and vans. GO Riteway is the official transportation provider of the Milwaukee Bucks, and is known for its “green” initiatives, numerous environmental awards and certifications. For more information visit, GO Riteway’s website at www.goriteway.com

GO Riteway is currently hiring school bus drivers for their La Crosse location. It’s the perfect part-time job with AM and/or PM drive schedules and opportunities for extra hours! To apply or learn more visit GO Riteway’s website: http://goriteway.com/were-hiring

WisDOT - School Bus Warning Lights