As school is back in session, Joe Robach and his office want to provide residents with tips on school bus safety.
There are many good reasons for stopping when a school bus is flashing its red lights – including avoiding stiff fines or possible jail sentences. But the best reason is that using caution near stopped school buses can help protect the safety of our children.
Follow these tips from Joe Robach’s office to keep kids safe during the school year! Drivers should slow down when they see a school bus with flashing yellow lights. State law requires drivers to stop when the red lights on a school bus are flashing, even if the bus is in the parking lot of a school. If the school bus driver waves you on, it is safe to proceed. When going in the opposite direction, drivers should stop at least 20 feet from a school bus to allow children to cross the road safely. Drivers who fail to stop when a school bus has its red lights on face costly penalties and can even land in jail.
A first conviction carries a fine of between $250 and $400, a jail sentence of up to 30 days, or both. A second conviction within three years carries an increased fine of between $600 and $750, a jail sentence of up to 180 days, or both. Drivers should remember that a conviction for passing a school can also add points to your license and increase your insurance.