Navigating your commute as Charleston County heads back to school

Navigating your commute as Charleston County heads back to school

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - As students are seen off for their first day of school, you will probably see a lot of "stop and go" action.  Trooper Bridget Wyant says people should maintain a safe distance.

"With the increased traffic, if you're going to be on the interstate or some of these back roads, just leave enough space for stopping time."

Officials say the busiest times will be from 6:30 to 8 in the morning and in the afternoon from 3 to 4:30.

Trooper Wyant says try and get out the door a little earlier than usual.

"Just leaving more time so you can familiarize yourself with the area, the school district, the school patterns, the traffic flow they have at the schools."

Officers with the police department will monitor traffic in the city. They say drivers should keep in mind all the children who will be walking and biking to schools. Trooper Wyant says people should remember that some kids will be at the bus stop before the sun comes up.

"Some kids are out in the rural areas, maybe out at the bus stops at 5:30."

Officials say people should also know the rules regarding a stopped school bus. They say if the road is only two lanes, and a bus has its stop "arm" out cars in both lanes must stop. If the road is four lanes with a median, the two lanes opposite the bus do not have to stop.

The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is a minimum fine of $1,000 and six points on your license.