SCHOOLS ARE OPEN! WATCH OUT FOR SCHOOL BUSES!

With schools back in session, it’s time for the return of those all too familiar yellow school buses. Each year I get questions about when you should stop for a school bus. Here are 5 rules to remember about stopping or passing a school bus:

  1. Each school bus in GA must have visual signals which indicate to a driver that he/she cannot pass the bus; these include red lights, which are activated when the school bus door opens; buses also have “stop” signs which are located on the driver’s side of the bus.
  2. If you are going in the same direction as a bus, and the bus’ visual signals of stopping are on, stop and DO NOT pass the bus until all signals are off.
  3. If you are meeting a school bus coming in opposite direction, and the visual signals are on, STOP!
  4. The only time you are allowed to proceed without stopping are: if you are on a separate roadway, or if you are on a controlled access highway (median), the bus is stopped, and pedestrians are not permitted to cross the road.
  5. WHEN IN DOUBT, STOP!

Failure to stop for a school bus can either result in a civil penalty (($300 for first offense, $750 for second, $1000 for third), or if you receive a citation, can be a moving traffic violation punished by a fines in the same amount of the civil penalties above.