Anyone convicted of passing a stopped school bus will face any combination of a fine of $250-$1000, up to 90 days in jail, driver’s license suspension of 21 days to 1 year, and up to 400 hours of community service.
School is back in session, and it is important that drivers pay attention to safety regarding school bus stops. The transportation director of the Warren School District reported to salineriverchronicle.com that on Friday, August 17 nine violations occurred where people passed buses that had the stops signs deployed and flashing lights on. Remember these are our children, and their safety is in your hands.
The following comes from the Taylor King law firm:
The law seems simple enough: When you see a school bus stopped on the road, you stop as well. Arkansas Code § 27-51-1004 (2015) is a bit more specific:
When a school bus stops and displays its flashing red lights, every driver coming from any direction must bring their vehicle or motorcycle to a complete stop before they reach the school bus. They must remain stopped until students have finished boarding or exiting the bus and the bus begins moving again.
Multi-Lane Highways and Medians
Now comes the tricky part: Another subsection of the code states that when busses are traveling on a multi-lane highway with a dividing strip or median that is at least 20 feet wide, opposing traffic is not required to stop, but should continue to exercise caution and be on the alert for children.