Be prepared to show some patience and add a few minutes to your commute if school buses share your route to work or early-morning and mid-afternoon activities.
Here’s a reminder on the rules for when there’s a loading or unloading school bus on a street or highway:
- Unless there is a raised median or the road is a divided highway, traffic in both directions must stop for a stopped school that has its red lights flashing, preferably at least 20 feet away.
- Remained stopped until the lights are turned off, until the STOP signal is retracted, or the bus starts moving.
- If you have to learn the rules the hard way by getting caught passing a stopped school bus, you receive a ticket with a fine of at least $165 ($265 if you passed on the side where children enter and exit), four points on your driver’s license and will be required to complete a basic Driver Improvement Course.
During the 2020 Florida Legislative session, West Palm Beach Sen. Ed Hooper will introduce a bill filed in September that would double fines for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.
Let’s make 2020 a safe and positive year for Osceola County’s students, pedestrians, cyclists and drivers! Happy New Year!