State Patrol Law of the Month
Now that school is back in session, motorists are being reminded to keep an eye out for students, school buses and crossing guards. State law requires drivers to stop at least 20 feet from a stopped school bus that has its red warning lights flashing. The law applies when approaching the bus from either direction.
The only exception is if you are traveling on the other side of a divided roadway separated by a median or other physical barrier. Failure to stop costs $326 and four demerit points. When a bus is flashing amber lights, drivers should slow down because the red lights will soon be activated. Drivers can carefully pass a school bus with amber lights activated but should do so cautiously.