Drivers: School Buses Roll Aug. 26. Know the Law

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

On the first day of school, more than 800 school buses will be on the roads in Prince William County as early as 5:30 a.m. They’ll pick up more than 62,000 students and travel a total of 56,000 miles.

School Division staff work hard to ensure the safety of students on buses, but their safety also depends largely on the willingness of motorists to follow laws concerning school buses.

Motorists must obey flashing yellow lights in school zones. School zone lights were turned off at most county schools during the summer.

By law, motorists must stop when a school bus is stopped with its red lights blinking and stop sign extended, except when the bus is on the opposite side of a median strip. Motorists must also stop if the bus is loading or unloading children and the signal devices are not functioning properly. Passing a stopped school bus is considered reckless driving. This is a misdemeanor in Virginia. Violators face fines of up to $2,500 and jail time, as well as six points on their driving record.

 

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