Don’t Pass a School Bus in Virginia

If you are caught passing a stopped school bus in Virginia, you can be charged with reckless driving. That means you could face a fine, lose your license, and even serve jail time. And yet, we recently read a story about how VA school bus drivers say that they have seen more people disobey the law this school year than in years past. Eva Garber has been a school bus driver for 33 years, and she said, "It's scary sometimes, because especially bus drivers that have children crossing the road, that is a big issue with us if a driver has not stopped."

The law is very basic and should be followed. When you illegally pass school busses, you risk injuring one or more children. Here are the details of the law so you stay safe and don't end up with a ticket for reckless driving:

  • You have to stop for a school bus that is approaching from any direction and is stopped on any highway, private road, or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons.
  • You must remain stopped until the bus is put in motion again.
  • You do not have to stop for a school bus if the bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area.
  • You do not have to stop when approaching a school bus that is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school if the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized, uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus.

If you have been charged with reckless driving or another serious traffic offense in Virginia, call Jarrell, Hicks, and Waldman today for a free consultation at 888-783-9701.

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