NC has stiff penalties for motorists who fail to comply with school bus safety rules…
*Speeding in a posted school zone will cost you… Over $400 dollars + three points on your license
*There is a $500 penalty for motorists who are caught passing a stopped school bus, and a five point penalty on their driver license
*Drivers who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and a fine of at least $1,000 dollars.
More ‘Back-to-School Safety Tips’ from NC DOT: https://goo.gl/qMY7af
North Carolina School Bus Stop Law
Bus Safety FAQ: http://www.ncbussafety.org/faqs.html
BOTH DIRECTIONS OF TRAFFIC MUST STOP FOR A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS:
On a two lane road;
On a two lane road with a center turn lane; and
On a four lane road without a median.
Exception: ONLY TRAFFIC FOLLOWING THE BUS STOPS:
Divided highway with 4 lanes or more with median separation; and
Roadway of four lanes or more with center turning lane.
To summarize, if you are on a two lane road and a bus puts on its blinking red lights and puts out the stop sign, STOP. It doesn’t matter what side of traffic you are on, you have to stop. If you are on a four lane road, and you are behind the bus, you have to stop regardless of whether there is a median or turn lane when the bus puts on the flashing lights and puts out its stop sign. However, you only stop on a four lane road in the opposite direction of the bus if there is no median or turn lane. To learn more about school bus safety and rules http://www.ncbussafety.org/index.html
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