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As everyone in Pennsyvania and other states gets further into the school year, the amount of car accidents relating to school buses, especially where a driver fails to stop, increases. Pennsylvania has a very strict law when it comes to stopping for a school bus. The law also has severe penalties.

Pennsylvania law says:

•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 the 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.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

Check back for more updates on tips relating to school bus safety and stops. What do you think about even more severe penalties being imposed for failing to stop for a school bus and what is your states law?

Scott B. Cooper

Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
(717) 232-6467 – Facsimile

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