If you pass a stopped school bus, with its stop-arm extended and lights flashing, it’s very likely a camera will capture your license plate number and law enforcement will follow up with consequential fines – with the possibility of jail time, too.
As children and teens statewide are back in the classroom, authorities are warning drivers to be alert for the routine morning, afternoon and evening school bus runs for your local district.
According to the New York DMV, all traffic approaching a stopped school bus, no matter which direction, must stop before reaching the bus. This applies on all two-lane, multi-lane and divided roadways.
All traffic is to remain paused until the bus resumes motion, or when the driver and/or police officer signals to proceed.
Potential consequences for first-time offenders include a fine up to $400 and/or up to 30-days in jail.
Three or more convictions within a three-year stretch can result up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to 180-days in jail.
For each conviction, the DMV says five points will be added to the driver’s record.
Stay tuned, we plan on airing a special on-air segment for school safety with members from our local law enforcement.
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