Back 2 School: laws on driving past school buses

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The start of the 2016-2017 school year is right around the corner, and drivers need to be extra aware of kids using the cross walks. One big reminder is knowing when to stop for a school bus.

When you see flashing lights on a school bus, drivers are supposed to slow down, prepare to stop and look for children. When driving on a two-lane road, and the stop arm on the bus comes up, drivers in both directions must stop for a school bus. For four-lane roads, motorists approaching a school bus from the opposite direction on a roadway do not have to stop when the flashing red lights come on.

Berkeley County school bus drivers say they see at least a dozen or more people illegally pass a stop arm each day. Violators face a minimum $500 fine for passing a stopped school bus. The second offense if $2,000. First and second time offenders get six points docked on their license.

Find the bus schedules and more back to school information on our Back to School Guide 2016.

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