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SCHOOL BUS STOPPING LAWS
SCHOOL BUS STOPPING LAWS
Published: 2014/11/07
Channel: CBC News Graphics
School bus passing laws
School bus passing laws
Published: 2015/08/24
Channel: WFLA News Channel 8
School Bus: Know When to Stop?
School Bus: Know When to Stop?
Published: 2009/05/28
Channel: City of Loveland
About when to stop for a school bus
About when to stop for a school bus
Published: 2016/10/27
Channel: California DMV Q&A
New Haven police cracking down on drivers passing stopped school buses
New Haven police cracking down on drivers passing stopped school buses
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: WTNH News8
School Bus Violations
School Bus Violations
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: George Cavanaugh
Cameras catch drivers who ignore school bus stop signs
Cameras catch drivers who ignore school bus stop signs
Published: 2016/09/14
Channel: CBS This Morning
School Bus Stopping Procedures from another Vehicle
School Bus Stopping Procedures from another Vehicle's Perspective
Published: 2015/09/15
Channel: STSPensacola
Drivers caught on camera ignoring school bus laws
Drivers caught on camera ignoring school bus laws
Published: 2014/04/09
Channel: WYFF News 4
Y u no stop for school bus?? Instant karma.
Y u no stop for school bus?? Instant karma.
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: akrelav
May 25th 8:30am Police catch school bus stop violator
May 25th 8:30am Police catch school bus stop violator
Published: 2016/05/21
Channel: John M
Woman Drives On Sidewalk To Avoid Stopping for School Bus! (ORIGINAL VIDEO)
Woman Drives On Sidewalk To Avoid Stopping for School Bus! (ORIGINAL VIDEO)
Published: 2012/09/14
Channel: Cameron Lilly
Caught on cam: Drivers blow by school bus stop signs in B.C.
Caught on cam: Drivers blow by school bus stop signs in B.C.
Published: 2016/01/23
Channel: CTV News
Drivers caught in school bus sting
Drivers caught in school bus sting
Published: 2010/10/20
Channel: kxan
Instant Justice! Van Ignores School Bus Stop Sign
Instant Justice! Van Ignores School Bus Stop Sign
Published: 2016/03/26
Channel: Michigan Dashcam
School Bus Stop Rules
School Bus Stop Rules
Published: 2010/08/24
Channel: Washington State Patrol
New Technology Catches Drivers Who Don’t Stop for School Buses
New Technology Catches Drivers Who Don’t Stop for School Buses
Published: 2014/10/16
Channel: ABC News
Not stopping for a school bus leads to instant pull over - InstaJustice.com
Not stopping for a school bus leads to instant pull over - InstaJustice.com
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: instajustice
WNCN Investigates | #Brake4Buses
WNCN Investigates | #Brake4Buses
Published: 2014/08/28
Channel: CBS North Carolina
Yielding To School Buses - Texas Adult Drivers Education Online Course
Yielding To School Buses - Texas Adult Drivers Education Online Course
Published: 2015/02/03
Channel: Drivers Education of America
WCBD School Bus Stop Law 4 Lane Scagliotti
WCBD School Bus Stop Law 4 Lane Scagliotti
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: Media General
Nearly 800 Violate School Bus Stopping Law
Nearly 800 Violate School Bus Stopping Law
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: wgaltv
North Carolina School Bus Safety Laws
North Carolina School Bus Safety Laws
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Buncombe County Government
Study: drivers not following school bus stop laws
Study: drivers not following school bus stop laws
Published: 2013/05/17
Channel: CCX Media
School bus stopping in oncoming traffic!!!
School bus stopping in oncoming traffic!!!
Published: 2014/03/16
Channel: Jim Deery
Drivers violating school bus stop law on River Road in Bethesda
Drivers violating school bus stop law on River Road in Bethesda
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: Bethesda Beat
Officials crack down on drivers who ignore school bus laws
Officials crack down on drivers who ignore school bus laws
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: WESH 2 News
Not stopping for a school bus is against the law
Not stopping for a school bus is against the law
Published: 2016/02/05
Channel: WWLP-22News
New stop lights on school bus
New stop lights on school bus
Published: 2015/10/13
Channel: WOOD TV8
How to Stop for School Bus | Road Test Smart
How to Stop for School Bus | Road Test Smart
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: Smart Drive Test
Be aware: New school bus law in effect
Be aware: New school bus law in effect
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Stupid Drivers Ignoring School Bus Traffic Stop Law
Stupid Drivers Ignoring School Bus Traffic Stop Law
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: Христина Сидорова
Gwinnett County Police Department School Bus Traffic Law Safety Video
Gwinnett County Police Department School Bus Traffic Law Safety Video
Published: 2016/08/05
Channel: Gwinnett Daily Post
Passing Stopped School Bus
Passing Stopped School Bus
Published: 2016/04/10
Channel: hiroad101
Be aware: New school bus law in effect
Be aware: New school bus law in effect
Published: 2016/09/01
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
NC Highway Patrol cracks down on school bus stop laws
NC Highway Patrol cracks down on school bus stop laws
Published: 2015/10/19
Channel: WNCT-TV 9 On Your Side
Stopping for School Buses
Stopping for School Buses
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: WCBD NEWS 2
Taxi Driver Passes Stopped School Bus Instant Justice
Taxi Driver Passes Stopped School Bus Instant Justice
Published: 2017/02/21
Channel: Justice
Driver caught on camera illegally passing stopped school bus
Driver caught on camera illegally passing stopped school bus
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: CNYCentral
Police: Drivers ignoring stopped school bus law in Cumberland
Police: Drivers ignoring stopped school bus law in Cumberland
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: WMTW-TV
Delaware School Bus Stopping Rules
Delaware School Bus Stopping Rules
Published: 2015/08/31
Channel: Learn K.I.M.
Stopped school bus laws, many drivers break them
Stopped school bus laws, many drivers break them
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: Justin Andrews
School Bus Stop Sign
School Bus Stop Sign
Published: 2012/03/07
Channel: oldvedub
Woman Drives on Sidewalk to Pass School Bus (Twice!)
Woman Drives on Sidewalk to Pass School Bus (Twice!)
Published: 2012/09/13
Channel: tzelenil2
Drivers not stopping for school buses
Drivers not stopping for school buses
Published: 2016/05/04
Channel: The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
3 people ran a stopped school bus.
3 people ran a stopped school bus.
Published: 2013/03/09
Channel: Tom Dishman
CrossingGuard Captured School Bus Stop Arm Violations
CrossingGuard Captured School Bus Stop Arm Violations
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: ATSRoadSafety
Police Warn Of Suspicious Activity At School Bus Stop
Police Warn Of Suspicious Activity At School Bus Stop
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: NewsChannel 5
Passing a Stopped School Bus - Stop Arm Violation Video - Fortress Mobile
Passing a Stopped School Bus - Stop Arm Violation Video - Fortress Mobile
Published: 2015/05/18
Channel: WAR3ZCH3WY
Woman drives on sidewalk to pass school bus
Woman drives on sidewalk to pass school bus
Published: 2012/09/11
Channel: News 5 Cleveland
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Some jurisdictions, mostly all in North America, require all surrounding vehicles to stop when a school bus is stopped with its red lights flashing.

School bus stop laws are laws dictating what a motorist must do in the vicinity of a bus stop being used by a school bus or other bus, coach or minibus providing school transport.

School bus stop laws in the United States and Canada[edit]

Jurisdictions in the United States (including overseas territories) and Canada have adopted various school bus stop laws that require drivers to stop and wait for a stopped school bus loading or unloading, so as to protect school children boarding or alighting.

Generally, if a stopped school bus is displaying a flashing, alternating red lamp, a driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking the stopped bus from either direction (front or back) must stop and wait until the bus moves again or the red light is off.[1] Police officers, school crossing guards, and even school bus drivers themselves may have the power to wave traffic on, even when a red light is flashing.

On divided highways, most American and Canadian jurisdictions do not require vehicular drivers to stop when on the opposite side of the road from a stopped school bus. Those that do require vehicles to stop are:

American and Canadian jurisdictions have sought to deter illegal passing stopped school buses by increased enforcement and heavy penalties, including fines, application of demerit points against a driver's license or even license suspension. Nevertheless, violations are common. An officer must witness the violation, and even when citations issued, getting convictions is often difficult;[5] sometimes traffic courts consider the evidence insufficient, or reduce the charge because the penalty for a first offense seems excessive. There are, however, exceptions. Missouri has Jessica's Law, which grants the right of a school bus driver to report the offense, in which case the driver is automatically cited. Cobb County, an urban county in Metro Atlanta, has added bus cameras, as a deterrent, which can detect and automatically report vehicles passing a bus. [6] [7]

Exceptions[edit]

Drivers in Washington state are not required to stop for a school bus on any highway (Under Washington law, any public road is defined as a highway) with three or more lanes when traveling in the opposite direction.[8] This has been interpreted to mean that when approaching a bus from the opposite direction on a normal road with a turn lane, or a road with two lanes in each direction, etc., a driver is not required to stop their vehicle. This is an unusual law, but arguably leads to a higher safety level for children, as they are then required to be dropped on the same side of the road as the bus exit on anything greater than a two-lane road as provided by RCW 46.61.370.[9] Ohio has a similar exception for roads with four or more lanes.[10]

Drivers in Idaho state are not required to stop for a school bus on any highway with four or more lanes when traveling in the opposite direction.[11]

Drivers in California do not have to stop on any highway that is divided or is multi-lane (2 or more lanes of travel in each direction) when traveling in the opposite direction.[12]

In Pennsylvania, the only vehicle that may pass a stopped school bus with the red lights flashing is an emergency vehicle with its flashing lights and siren activated, but only after the emergency vehicle has come to a complete stop and proceeds with due caution for any students embarking or disembarking. [13]

Controversy[edit]

The effectiveness of current school bus stop laws has been questioned.[citation needed] School bus stop laws in some other countries allow a driver to pass a stopped school bus at low speed.

In New York State, an official estimate is that 50,000 vehicles pass stopped school buses illegally every day.[14] However, as New York State requires traffic to stop for a school bus stopped on the opposing roadway of a divided highway, the estimate may include "New York violations" that would be legal in other states. The New York State Department of Transportation once recommended that the State Legislature exempt traffic from stopping for a school bus stopped on the opposing roadway of a divided highway, but this has not been done.

In California, a vehicle driver approaching an intersection at which a school bus is stopped shall stop his/her vehicle at that intersection until the flashing red signal lights are no longer actuated.[15] Supporters of this law may argue that children may dart out into an intersection, so traffic from the left and right must stop. Opponents may blame this law for being too vague (with regard to what exactly at an intersection means), non-standard and visitor-unfriendly (as compared with laws in most other places) and question how vehicular drivers can know and see if a school bus on a side road is loading or unloading, especially if buildings obstruct their vision.

Effects of laws[edit]

On a national basis, school bus drivers in the United States have reported a decrease in passing violators in recent years with improved warning devices. Despite an increase in traffic and school bus ridership, annual fatalities and injuries to children struck by other vehicles has decreased as well. However, it is unclear whether having reported a decrease in passing violators is due to difficulty to report or better compliance by motorists.

When and where enforcement against violators becomes too hard, some residential streets may prohibit entry of vehicles other than school buses at certain times to effectively eliminate passing stopped school buses illegally[citation needed].

Bus drivers are prohibited to turn around at an intersection with students on the bus. This is in order to protect student from injury if the driver fails to obey laws. If laws are broken, the bus driver may be charged with including but not limited to: child endangerment and disobeying laws. This section may not include all laws or bylaws.[citation needed][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ TIP #10: SCHOOL BUS STOPS Archived May 28, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Arkansas Driver License Test Study Guide - Volume 1" (pdf) (4 ed.). Arkansas State Police. August 2007. p. 22. Retrieved 2 February 2012. Drivers are not required to stop if the school bus is approaching along an opposite lane of travel separated by a median twenty feet or more in width 
  3. ^ http://www.dmv.ny.gov/dmanual/chapter06-manual.htm, NYS Driver's Manual Chapter 6 - School Buses
  4. ^ "Learn to Drive Smart - your guide to driving safely" (pdf). Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. 2012. p. 92. Retrieved 30 May 2013. when you see a school bus with alternating flashing red lights at the top, you must stop whether you are approaching it from the front or the rear. Vehicles in all lanes must stop. 
  5. ^ "Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses". Nhtsa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  6. ^ "Missouri Revised Statues, Section 304-050". Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Video: Watch Out for School Bus Cameras". 
  8. ^ "RCW 46.61.370: Overtaking or meeting school bus — Duties of bus driver". Apps.leg.wa.gov. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Overtaking or meeting school bus — Duties of bus driver". Apps.leg.wa.gov. RCW 46.61.370. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  10. ^ "ORC 4511.75(C)". 
  11. ^ http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/idstat/Title49/T49CH14SECT49-1422.htm
  12. ^ https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/pubs/vctop/vc/d11/c8/22454
  13. ^ http://www.justdrivepa.org/Traffic-Safety-Information-Center/School-Bus-Safety/
  14. ^ "Operation Safe Stop". Nysgtsc.state.ny.us. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  15. ^ Schoolbus Signal and Schoolbus Stops Vehicle Code, Division 11, Chapter 6, Section 22112. California Department of Motor Vehicles. Retrieved 2010-04-20
  16. ^ "English Teacher Needed". 

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