Stop for school buses, police warn

Violation could mean 80 percent insurance hike
Oct. 29, 2013 @ 06:29 PM

Passing a stopped school bus is one of the most severe infractions a motorist can commit.
Those laws are about to get even stricter.
Effective Dec. 1, a motorist cited for passing a stopped school bus faces a Class 1 misdemeanor that can not be disposed of by entry of prayer for judgment continued. A court appearance is mandatory and a conviction will result in five driver's license points — eight for a person operating a commercial vehicle — and four insurance points, which translates into a 80 percent rate increase.
Thomasville Police Department's Traffic Safety Unit in October issued three citation to drivers caught passing a stopped school bus.
TPD reminds motorists what actions to take when approaching a stopped school bus.
On a two-lane road, both with and without a center turn lane, traffic in both directions must stop for a school bus picking up or dropping off children. While traveling on a four-lane road without a median separation, all traffic in both directions must stop. Should there be a median separation or a center turning lane on a four-lane roadway, only traffic following the bus is required to stop.
Any driver who violates the law and strikes a person could be charged with a Class I felony. A driver who willfully violates "The Hasani N. Wesley Students' School Bus Safety Act" and strikes a person resulting in death faces a Class H felony.
For more information, contact Lt. David Tilley at 475-4206.