The school year is in full swing, and you need to know the basics of sharing the road with a school bus. School buses follow the same driving laws as other vehicles, but extra rules apply to you for student protection.
See below for some good information about driving around school buses. Do not neglect the safety of children and make a life-changing mistake.
Do not pass school buses
Most people know they cannot pass a stopped school bus. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says that drivers must give at least 20 feet of space to any school bus that stops and flashes its red lights. Both road lanes must stop, except for highways divided by a center median. Even if the bus does not extend its stop sign, a bus flashing red lights still requires you to stop. It is difficult to see around school buses, so always assume a pedestrian child is present—fines for failure to stop range from $30 to $300.
Watch for yellow lights
Yellow lights mean you should proceed with caution. When yellow hazard lights flash, you can still drive past the bus. When you see flashing yellow overhead lights, the bus is about to stop. Do not try to move around the bus quickly. Instead, prepare to stop the required 20 feet away.
It is unfortunate how many people ignore the law and endanger the lives of children. Learn when school begins and lets out. Watch out for stopped school buses throughout the school year and take a little extra time to keep students safe.