School is back in session and so are the school buses and kids walking and riding their bikes to school. To prevent accidents (and hefty fines), let's be reminded about Florida's law about when you are required to stop for a school bus.
Florida law (Section 316.172(2)) states that "the driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped." Thus, if the bus stops on a road which the lanes of traffic are separated by a turn lane, you ARE required to stop. When in doubt, stop safely and make sure those behind you know you are stopping to prevent a rear-end car accident.
Also, it should go without saying that a driver is prohibited to pass the bus when on an undivided road or highway when the lights are engaged.
Failure to obey this law could result in a fine of $165 to $265 plus attendance of a driver improvement course.
Drive safely and watch out for the school buses and the children walking and riding their bikes to and from school.
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