When school is in session, everyone needs to be aware of the school buses and their precious cargo. Between unpredictable fall weather and neighborhoods teeming with children boarding and leaving buses, school bus safety becomes an important topic. Both motorists and bus passengers should take time to learn school bus safety tips.
In New York state, it is illegal to pass a school bus that is parked and has its lighted stop sign deployed. Motorists who do not follow this law risk causing serious injuries to schoolchildren as they board or exit the bus.
According to the NYS DMV, the legal and financial consequences for motorists who pass a school bus while it is stopped for the purpose of dropping off or picking up passengers and red lights on the school bus are flashing, are as follows:
*Five points will be added to the motorist’s driving record for each conviction.
There are a few things to keep in mind about school buses. For example, they have large blind spots, need more room than a compact vehicle to maneuver, and they take longer to complete a stop.
When encountering a school bus, it is important to:
If you are injured a bus accident we encourage you to contact our truck accident lawyers as soon as possible. Our attorneys will examine your case and give your experienced legal advice on what your next steps should be. William Mattar law offices has someone available to speak with you 24/7 at (844) 444-4444.