Bus Stop Rules

posted May 29, 2015, 4:20 PM by Wayne Bulldogs   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 11:55 AM by Michelle Matthews ]
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A new law that will take away the driver’s license of anyone who does not stop while kids are getting on or off a school bus came into effect on November 1. A national study has shown that about 20 percent of the cars approaching a school bus, while it’s stopped, ignore the stop sign and drive on through the stop. The most dangerous part of the day for your child could be the moment they get off their bus and start walking to their home.

Law enforcement is hoping a stiffer penalty will prevent that from happening. Law enforcement spoke on Thursday about the new law, Sgt. Ferguson said, “If you do not stop when those red lights are activated for a school bus and you drive past that school bus, in addition to a fine and other penalties such as points on your license and record, you’re going to lose your driver’s license for a year.”

The question might be how do you know when to stop? The first and only rule is when you see a red, flashing light you have to stop. The only exception is if you are coming the opposite way on a road that has a median or some kind of physical barrier between you and the school bus. So look for the red lights, because you just never know when a child may come running around the bus.