School Bus Stop Safety Laws

Bus
Do you know when to stop for a school bus?

Learn and obey the school bus laws. Learn the "flashing signal light system" that school bus drivers use to alert motorists of pending actions:

Yellow flashing lights
Indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

Red flashing lights and extended stop arm
Indicate that the bus has stopped, and that children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, and the extended stop sign is withdrawn before they can start driving again.

Roadway with a median separation
When a school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop.  
 
Roadway with or without a center turning lane
When a school bus stops for passengers, where there is no physical barrier dividing the highway, all traffic from BOTH directions must stop.
No physical barrier separates the roadway
All traffic must stop.

If a school bus is stopped at an intersection
Traffic in ALL directions must STOP.

Passing a stopped school bus when it's red lights are activated is an extremely dangerous situation and is taken very seriously by the judicial system, so know the laws, and the penalties for violating those laws.

Learn more at: PennDot School Bus Safety