PA’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • When you meet or overtake a stopped school bus with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  • When you approach an intersection where a school bus is stopped with red signal lights flashing and stop arm extended, you MUST STOP.
  • You MUST STOP at least ten (10) feet away from the school bus.
  • You MUST WAIT until the red lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm has been withdrawn before moving.
  • DO NOT MOVE until all the children have reached a place of safety.
KNOW YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES
  • 5 million children are transported on Pennsylvania roads each day.
  • These children are transported approximately 400 million miles to school each year.
  • Every year, children are needlessly injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses.
PENALTIES

If you are convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law, you will receive all of the following penalties:

  • 60-Day Driver’s License Suspension
  • Five (5) points on your driving record
  • $250 Fine

Annually, more than 700 drivers are convicted for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.

SEPARATE ROADWAYS

Drivers may proceed on a highway with clearly defined dividing sections or physical barriers providing separate roadways. This only applies when the school bus is on the opposite side of the road.