Remember to stop for the kids!
With school starting on Monday August 30th, 2021, we wanted to take a minute to talk about school bus laws. Below is the law regarding passing a school bus, especially when the bus is stopped with it's red lights on. We have had a lot of reports in the previous years of people passing busses with their red lights illuminated. When this happens, we conduct our follow up and at times, cite the driver. We wanted to get the word out so we don't have to cite anyone and make sure our residents and visitors are informed, and especially that the children are safe.
When in doubt, just hang out.
T:75 § 3345. Meeting or overtaking school bus.
(a) Duty of approaching driver when red signals are flashing.--Except as provided in subsection (g), the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking any school bus stopped on a highway or trafficway shall stop at least ten feet before reaching the school bus when the red signal lights on the school bus are flashing and the side stop signal arms are activated under section 4552(b.1) (relating to general requirements for school buses). The driver shall not proceed until the flashing red signal lights are no longer actuated. In no event shall a driver of a vehicle resume motion of the vehicle until the school children who may have alighted from the school bus have reached a place of safety. The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection at which a school bus is stopped shall stop his vehicle at that intersection until the flashing red signal lights are no longer actuated.
Penalties: $250 fine, 5 points on your license and 60 day license suspension.