With the first day of school starting, you will begin to see the big yellow buses back on the road. But when you encounter one, do you know the rules for stopping? Here are some notes on what to do when you see a school bus on the road.
- On a two-lane roadway (one lane going in one direction and one in the other) you must stop for a stopped school bus whether you are following or approaching the bus.
- Same law applies at a railroad track. While buses may not be loading and unloading children, they are required to stop at a railroad track. This means you also have to follow this law if you are behind a school bus or approaching one.
- On a multi-lane roadway, (four or more lanes) the laws change. You do not have to stop for the school bus if it is traveling in the opposite direction. But, you cannot pass a bus if you are behind it or in the second lane driving in the same direction.
Did you know that:
- It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus in all 50 states
- If you don’t stop for a school bus, not only do you run the risk of hitting a child, but you could be assessed 6 points on your driving record and have to pay over $1,000 in fines.
- When a school bus is flashing yellow, it is a caution that it is getting ready to stop. Don’t try to beat the lights before they turn red.
With additional traffic on the road during school hours, leave a little earlier and have patience. Keep in mind, these laws were established to save a child’s life !!