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Remember Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law – School Safety

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Do you know the Pennsylvania law when it comes to stopping for a school bus?

Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
  • The penalties if convicted of violating Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law include:
    • $250 fine
    • Five points on your driving record
    • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania´s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.