School Buses

The law:

Forbids drivers from passing a stopped school or church bus on any road. The only exception would be drivers traveling on a divided highway of at least four lanes, provided the driver is on the opposite side of the thoroughfare from the stopped bus.

Establishes a uniform penalty statewide for motorists who illegally pass stopped buses. The first offense would result in a fine of $150 to $300. A second offense would result in a fine of $300 to $500, a suspension of the violator’s drivers license for 30 days, and 100 hours of community service. A third offense would result in a fine of $500 to $1,000, a license suspension of 90 days and 200 hours of community service. A fourth offense would be prosecuted as a Class C felony, with a conviction punishable by a $1,000 to $3,000 fine and a one-year license suspension.

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