Ignoring or bypassing school bus stop arms is an egregious traffic violation that puts students at risk. Most drivers understand they must stop when traveling in the same direction as a school bus and the stop arms are activated. But what about when you’re traveling in the opposite direction? What if the road has more than two lanes? What if there’s a median? Here’s a simple guide to help understand the law:
All traffic (including vehicles going in the opposite direction of the bus) must stop on roads with two lanes, or three or more lanes with no center lane separation when stop arms are activated.
Traffic going the opposite direction of the bus on roads with a physical barrier or five or more lanes with a center turn lane need not stop.
When in doubt, Stop.
We sincerely appreciate your efforts to help keep our kids safe and be a leader to other drivers.