School Bus Safety

With the new school year fast approaching bus safety is a priority! Students, parents, teachers administrators and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while in or around the scbool bus.

Pennsylvanian’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Penalties of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.

Visit www.penndot.gov/safety for more information.