When should you stop for a bus that has its sign out?
- When a school bus is traveling on a two-lane roadway and is stopped to pick up or drop off pupils, the vehicles in all lanes of traffic must stop. Vehicles should stop at least 20 feet before reaching the school bus to allow pupils to cross the roadway safely.
- When a school bus is traveling on a four-lane roadway with at least two lanes of traffic traveling in the opposite direction, only those lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction as the school bus must stop. Pupils shall not be required to cross four or more lanes of traffic to reach their residence.
- When a school bus is traveling on a one-way roadway and is stopped to pick up or drop off pupils, all lanes of traffic must stop, regardless of the number of lanes of traffic.
What is the penalty for passing a bus that has its sign out?
- First offense – mandatory minimum fine of $150 and 3-month suspension of driver’s license.
- Second offense or subsequent conviction within five years – mandatory minimum fine of $500 and one year suspension of driver’s license. A motorist cited for illegally passing a school bus is not eligible for court supervision.
Why do buses stop at railroad tracks?
State law requires all school buses to stop at railroad crossings, whether or not there are pupils on board.
The school bus driver will pull to the right-hand lane and display the hazard warning lights, stop the bus within 15 and 50 feet of the first rail of the rail grade crossing, open the driver window and service door, look and listen for an approaching train, and then proceed across the tracks without changing gears.
Other vehicles should not try to cross the tracks behind the school bus until the bus has cleared the tracks and there is room for the vehicle behind the bus on the other side.