Reminder Of When To Stop For A School Bus, With Info-graphic
This week has not been a good week regarding school bus safety. With 6 different stories around the county, and the fact that until 2012, Michigan allowed people to pass school buses, this is a good reminder to a) read and b) share with family and friends.
The rules regarding stopping for a school bus are as follows from Michigan State Police:
Prepare to stop when a slowing bus has its overhead yellow lights flashing
Stop at least 20 feet away for buses when red lights are flashing, unless driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway
Slow down in or near school and residential areas
Look for clues-such as safety patrols, crossing guards, bicycles, and playgrounds-that indicate children might be in the area
Watch for children between parked cars and other objects
The real confusion sometimes comes from “when are you supposed to stop for a school bus you’re coming towards the bus?” Fortunately, I found a graphic that helps.
Here’s the deal, you pretty much stop no matter the size of the roadway, UNLESS there is a divider/median in between the lanes.
In case you're in such a big hurry and want to fly by the school bus anyway, good luck not hitting a child... and avoiding the fines of anywhere from $100 to $500 and up to 100 hours of community service at a local school.