Keep Our Kids Safe Around School Buses

  • In their rush to get to classes in the morning and home in the afternoon, children sometimes dart into traffic when they get on and off school buses. To prevent a tragedy, motorists need to be extremely cautious when driving near school buses and obey laws designed to protect bus riders.

  • By Law, Vehicles Must Stop for a School Bus Displaying Flashing Lights

  • Stop for school busees

    • Drivers must stop on the street or highway 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights.

    • This applies both to vehicles approaching from the rear and from the opposing lanes.

    • All lanes of traffic must stop for the school bus, except in opposing lanes if the highway is divided with a center median

    • No vehicle may proceed until the bus resumes motion and has turned off the red warning lights.

    • The stop arm on the bus is an added communication to other drivers, but the lack of an extended stop arm is not a reason to pass a bus whose red lights are flashing.