With school getting ready to start back up in less than a month, here is some refresher information on when you need to stop for a School Bus in New York State.

According to the New York State DMV, a driver must stop from either direction when encountering a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students:

  • On a public highway
  • On multiple lane roads
  • On opposite sides of divided highways
  • On a public street
  • On a private road
  • In a parking lot
  • On school property

If you don't adhere to the law you could face a stiff penalty and fine. Drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses with their red lights flashing face fines from $250 to $400 for the first conviction, $600 to $750 for the second and $750 to $1,000 for the third. Five points on your driver's license is also given for each conviction.

So as we get ready for school buses to return to the roadways, be prepared to stop!