School Bus Stopping Law


Know Pennsylvania's Law.

MAKE IT SAFER FOR OUR CHILDREN!

Know Your Responsibilities.

* 1.4 million children are transported on Pennsylvania roads each day.
* These children are transported more than 311 million miles to school each year.
* Every year children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.
* Nationwide, 10 children were killed by a vehicle passing the school bus in school year 1995/1996.

OUR CHILDRENS'S SAFETY IS IN YOUR HANDS

Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law.

* When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signals flashing and stop arm extended you MUST STOP.
* You MUST STOP at least ten feet away from the school bus.
* You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
* DO NOT MOVE until all children have reached a place of safety.
* You MUST STOP on roadways with painted lines.
* You MUST STOP on roadways with singing divisors.
* On seperate roadways and highways, drivers do not have to stop when there is clearly defined dividing sections or physical barriers. This only applies when the school bus is on the opposite side of the road.

When in doubt, STOP!

Penalties:

If you are convicted of violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law you will receive all of the following penalties.

* 60-day suspension of your Drivers's License.
* Five points on your driving record.
* $100.00 fine.

Over 1000 motorists did not obey the School Bus Stopping Law in 1996 and ALL received the above penalties

This information was produced with the cooperation of PennDot, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Derry Twp School District and the Middlesex Twp Police Depratment.

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