Please remember: Laws exist to protect children getting on and off the bus AND to protect you from a tragedy. Please be aware of the following laws when driving on the road:
School Bus Stop Arm Laws for Motorists:
- When approaching a stop the school bus will turn on the yellow warning lights first. That means PREPARE TO STOP. When the bus comes to a stop it will turn on the red flashing warning lights and the stop arm will come out. Motorists coming to a school bus from any direction must stop 20 feet from the bus when the bus displays flashing red warning lights and extends the stop arm. These signals show that children are getting on or off the school bus.
- Vehicles may not pass until the flashing red lights and signals are turned off.
- Drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus are always required to stop. Never pass on the right side of the bus, where children enter or exit. This is illegal and can have tragic results.
- Violation of these laws can result in a citation and fines not less than $500.00.
School bus drivers must report passing vehicles!