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Why do people stop for school buses on divided highways?

Merton Vance
StarNews

On a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median, only traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus is required to stop, under state law. The same rule applies for highways with at least four lanes and a center turn lane.

For more information:

www.nhcs.k12.nc.us/news/bus_safety.htm

http://itre.ncsu.edu/GHSP/SBSWlaw.html

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5 Responses to “ Why do people stop for school buses on divided highways?”

  1. On February 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm Wayne wrote:

    Oops – apologies for the accidental transmit a few minutes ago.

    I’ve had a driver’s license for more than 50 years and have NEVER seen traffic stop for a school bus on the other side of a median.

  2. On February 10, 2010 at 10:47 am LeRois wrote:

    FYI -

    In South Carolina it is illegal. Years ago I got a $1000 fine for passing a stopped school bus, in the opposite lane of a 4-lane road, in Charleston.

  3. On February 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm Chris wrote:

    New South Carolina law does not require you to stop on any four lane road for a stopped school bus if you are headed in the opposite direciton. The old law required you to stop if you were separated by only painted lines – you could keep going if there was a grass median. It is now not legal for bus drivers to drop off children if they must cross a four lane highway, therefore opposing traffic does not have to stop on this type of roadway.
    The new law has been poorly marked by signs, so a lot of people don’t know any better and still stop going the opposite direction on five lane roads.

  4. On February 14, 2010 at 10:01 am Mike wrote:

    I’ve seen it happen often, most often on South College Rd near Monkey Junction.

  5. On March 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm Pam wrote:

    Thank you for this post. It is irritating to see how many drivers that are really unaware of the correct schoolbus laws for stopping. I drove a schoolbus for 15 years and I witness it everyday. I think the news station should have segment at every beginning of the school year to refresh drivers of the correct laws for stopping. After all it is the most precious cargo aboard, and not knowing when to stop and causing an accident can be just as dangerous as running a stopped bus.



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