Side view of a school bus and its stop signal.

Passing a School Bus

There are certain rules in the state of Connecticut about interacting with school buses on the road. Just as school bus drivers get held to a higher standard than the average driver, regular drivers need to respect school buses on the road and avoid any actions that could jeopardize the safety of the children on board. One such way the average driver needs to respect school buses on the road is by not passing a school bus. If you face a charge for this crime, you can learn more about the charge, the penalties you face, and what to do here.

Passing a school bus violates Connecticut General Statute Section 14-279. This statute states that all operators of vehicles and motor vehicles need to stop their vehicles 10 or more feet away from a school bus that has flashing red lights. This must happen on the highway, on school property, on private roads, and in parking lots. So long as the school bus has red lights flashing, you need to comply as a driver and stop your vehicle, as these lights indicate that children will be entering or exiting the bus.

Penalties

The penalties for this crime are more severe than for some other motor vehicle violations, since the safety of children is involved. You face a fine of $100-$500 for a first offense. For a second or subsequent offense, you face a fine of $500-$1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 30 days.

In most cases, the school bus driver will notify the police if someone does not stop for a school bus. The school bus driver is instructed to note the vehicle’s type and color, as well as the license plate number. In addition, the bus driver will note the date and time of the incident, as well as where it occurred. Upon receiving this information, the police officer can then contact the driver with a summons or a written warning. It is up to the police officer to determine how to proceed in this situation. If a police officer contacts you about passing a school bus, you might get a citation, or just a warning.

If you’ve received a citation for passing a this vehicle, you could face heavy fines. In order to fight the charge, you should contact a lawyer with experience in motor vehicle violations as soon as possible. At Mr. Speeding Ticket™, we are qualified to help you through this process and procure the best outcome.