According to Just Drive PA, Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Laws are as follows:
•· Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have red lights flashing and the stop arm extended.
•· Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped with its red lights flashing.
•· 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and all children have reached safety.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 there is a physical barrier such as a grassy median, guide rail or concrete barrier separating oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
•· Motorists should not begin driving until all children have reached a safe place.
If a driver is found guilty of disobeying these laws, they could face a $250.00 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60 -day license suspension.
Students can also take preventive measures to ensure their safety when getting on and off the bus.
•· Get to the bus stop early to avoid rushing.
•· Always be alert and avoid distractions such as cell phones when crossing the street.
•· When crossing, walk at least 10 feet in front of the bus, never behind, so the bus driver can see you.
•· While on the bus remain seated, talk quietly and never block aisles or emergency exits.
If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact a personal injury attorney to help your family through this time.
Just Drive PA: School Bus Safety