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Fall Is Time to Review North Carolina’s School Bus Safety Laws

Autumn means back to school for the kids, but it is also a good time for drivers to hit the books and review rules governing school bus safety, especially those situations when the law requires an automobile to stop. Drivers are generally aware that when they are following a school bus, they must stop when the bus stops. However, cars in adjacent lanes and oncoming traffic lanes may also have to stop, depending on the conditions of the roadway.

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles summarizes bus stop law as follows:

  • Two-lane roadway — Traffic from both directions must stop when the school bus stops for passengers.
  • Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane — All traffic from both directions must stop when the school bus stops for passengers.
  • Four-lane roadway without a median separation — All traffic from both directions must stop when the school bus stops for passengers.
  • Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation — Traffic behind the bus, including the adjacent lane, must stop when the school bus stops for passengers. Traffic in the oncoming lanes may proceed unabated.
  • Roadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane — Traffic behind the bus, including the adjacent lane, must stop when the school bus stops for passengers. Traffic in the oncoming lanes may proceed unabated.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains that school buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children to school and back home. Moreover, they take millions of cars off the road every day, thereby preventing auto accidents. However, children crossing streets to catch school buses or those exiting the bus are vulnerable. When you see a stopped school bus, you should anticipate that a child will dart across the roadway.  Your adherence to school bus stop laws helps ensure that children travel to and from school safely.

Parents of children injured in school bus accidents can count on the Law Offices of Brian deBrun, PLLC for highly professional representation. For a free consultation, call us at 704-412-4258 or contact our office online.

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