WEST CHESTER (August 31) –With many local schools resuming classes this week, state Senator Andy Dinniman reminded residents and motorists of Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law.

“This is a commonsense law and one that most drivers know and obey,” Dinniman said. “But every year, kids are injured or even killed because a driver isn’t paying attention to their surroundings or tries to pass a school bus. Please take some time to review the law and always be careful when you approach a school bus on our roadways.”

bus-878697_1280Under Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law:

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

The penalties for violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law are severe and include a 60-day license suspension, five points on your driving record and a $250 fine.

“Yet annually more than 1,000 motorists are stopped for not obeying the School Bus Stopping Law. That is far too many violations,” Dinniman said. “Our children’s safety is in your hands!”

According to PennDOT, 1.5 million children are transported on Pennsylvania roads each day, and over the course of the school year they will be transported more than 400 million miles.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law and other driving and bus safety tips visit: www.justdrivepa.org/traffic-safety-information-center/school-bus-safety

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