School buses are the safest way to get children to and from school, but injuries can occur if kids are not careful when getting on and off the school bus.
Q: If I am driving on ‘Lefferts Rd’ and there is a stopped school bus on a cross street, do I need to stop? How close to the intersection does the bus have to be before I have to stop?
A: It all depends on whether you’re going to pass the bus. “The law states that a motorist cannot pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing from either direction (the front or rear) on the same street.” If you’re approaching a bus from a side street, you only have to stop if you would end up in the path of the bus. “If the driver approaches from a perpendicular street and the path of travel does not pass the stopped bus then a motorist is clear to proceed.” “If the driver is turning toward the path of the stopped school with its red lights flashing the driver is required to stop.”
DID YOU KNOW:
An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.
THE LAW SAYS:
PENALTIES FOR PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS:
All convictions are 5 points plus:
First Conviction $250 to $400 Possible Prison - Up to 30 days
Second Conviction (within 3 years) $600 to $750 Possible Prison - Up to 180 days
Third or Subsequent Convictions (within 3 years) $750 to $1,000 Possible Prison Up to 180 days
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