2017-03-01 / Front Page

‘STOP’ For School Buses Or Lose Your License

State law enforcement officials are reminding motorists who repeatedly pass stopped school buses that they could face stiffer penalties if caught in the act.

Under current law, motorists who are caught passing a stopped school bus two or more times within a two-year period could face a 60-day license suspension.

Drivers caught passing a stopped school bus for the first time face a fine of $250 to $400 and up to 30 days behind bars. Drivers caught in a second offense within three years face a $600 to $750 fine and up to 90 days in jail, and those caught in three or more offenses within three years face a $750 to $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

The law pertains to motorists who pass a “stopped” school bus displaying flashing lights and side-extended “STOP” signs.

Any motorist caught in the act with a history of two or more of the same offenses would also face a 60-day license suspension, state law enforcement officials said.

–Liz Goff

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