There are many questions about school bus safety: When do I stop? Where do I stop? What if I don’t stop? So, let’s start by answering these questions.
Motorists are required by Pennsylvania law to stop for any school bus with red flashing lights and stop arm extended, stopping at least 10 feet away from the bus. Motorists are required to remain stopped until the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is retracted, and all the children have reached safety.
Motorists must stop for a school bus with red flashing lights and stop arm extended when:
- at an intersection (all directions), behind or alongside a school bus
- on a roadway with painted lines, grooves or ridges dividing travel lanes
- approaching from the opposite direction with no physical barrier
Motorists DO NOT have to stop for a school bus with red flashing lights and stop arm extended when travelling in the opposite direction AND there is a physical barrier between the lanes of travel such as a guiderail, grassy median or concrete barrier.
If convicted of violating the School Bus Stopping Law you will receive a $250 fine, 5 points on your driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Keep in mind violations can be reported to police by school bus drivers. Citations are filed by police at the magistrate’s office and you will receive the ticket in the mail. School buses as well are now being equipped with cameras to capture motorists who violate the School Bus Stopping Law.
When in doubt if you should stop for a school bus or not…STOP!