School Bus Laws

School Bus Laws

by Brittany Harris on August 24, 2010

The State Highway Patrol is asking drivers to follow the law when it comes to school buses.

With buses taking students to and from school, the State Highway Patrol wants to remind motorists that it’s required by law to to yield for a bus. 

"If their lights are flashing, you have to yield to that bus, to give them plenty of room and time to safely get the kids on or off the bus," said Sargeant Chuck Merryman of the State Highway Patrol.

Drivers on the other side of a four lane road or divided highway do not have to yield to a bus traveling in the opposite direction. Sargeant Merryman says that the State Troopers will be paying close attention to school zones.

"As long as you follow the rules, then the possiblity of somebody getting hurt, one of the kids on-loading or offloading the bus the chances are a lot less of you injuring somebody," he said.

Merryman says that if a bus driver does see a motorist violating the law, they are allowed to report it to the State Highway Patrol’s Office.