Remembering school bus road rules as school starts

Published: August 5, 2022 10:06 AM EDT
Updated: August 10, 2022 7:09 AM EDT

As kids head back to school, it’s important to remember the rules of the road regarding school bus safety, as disobeying them can cost you.

Passing a stopped bus can have deadly consequences, and you’ll face a hefty fine if you’re caught: As of January 2021, the penalty for failing to stop for a school bus went from a minimum fine of $100 to $200, and if a second offense is committed within five years, the person’s license will be suspended for up to one year.

The penalty for passing a school bus on the side where children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal went up from a minimum fine of $200 to $400, and if a second offense is committed within five years, the person’s license can be suspended for up to two years.

Here are the rules for a stopped school bus:

  • On a two-way street, all vehicles must stop until the bus withdraws the stop sign
  • On a multi-lane roadway, all drivers must stop
  • On a road with a raised barrier, like a concrete divider or an unpaved space separating traffic, oncoming cars do not have to stop

Don’t forget: School zones are hands-free zones, so put down your phone. If you get busted, you face a $60 fine and three points on your license.