Guidelines for Fellow Motorists

  • You can help improve the safety of our students just by obeying traffic laws and following a few simple guidelines:

    • You must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers. A warning will be given at least 100 ft. (200 ft. in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The bus driver will flash amber and red lights on the front and rear of the bus. The stop signal arm will be extended after the school bus has come to a complete stop. You must then come to a complete stop.
    • You must remain stopped until the stop signal arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights are turned off or the driver signals you to pass.
    • You do not always need to stop when meeting a stopped school bus on a roadway with four or more lanes. You do not need to stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction of the bus, but you should drive cautiously.

    Bus Lane Safety Practices

    School Bus Stops

    Your driving privileges will be suspended for three months if you are convicted of illegally passing a stopped school bus. If you receive two such convictions within five years, your driving privileges will be suspended for one year. In addition to the suspensions, violators will be fined $150 for a first conviction and $500 for a second or subsequent conviction.