As school returns, that means school buses are returning to the roads as well.
The NC Division of Motor Vehicles and local law enforcement agencies are stressing the importance of knowing school bus laws.
On a two-lane road, when a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop, no exceptions.
On a two-lane road with a center turning lane: when the bus stops for passenger all traffic from both directions must stop.
On a four-lane road, without a median separating the roads, all traffic from both directions must stop as well.
On a divided highway with a median separating the roads only the traffic that’s following the bus must stop. The other side of the road is good to go.
Lastly, a road with four lanes or more with a center turning lane, only traffic following the bus must stop.
Officers will ticket if these laws are violated because they say it’s worth saving lives.
“Put yourself in the parents’ place for children getting off the school bus and coming home,” said Officer A.S. Lemon of the Greenville Police Department.
“You want to stop and pay attention, leave any distractions down, and just pay attention especially during this first couple of weeks when students are getting used to it.”
The penalty for passing a school bus is a severe one.
You can expect a felony and a minimum fine of $1,250.
You could even lose your license.