All across the state of South Carolina, schools are back in session and the big yellow school buses are loading and unloading students. Local and state law enforcement officers are reminding motorists that there are very specific laws regarding a stopped school bus.
Sgt Kelly Hughes with the SC Highway Patrol:
If you’re on a two-lane highway and a bus stops to board children, you must stop for that stopped school bus, whether you’re behind the bus, or you’re coming from the opposite direction. If you’re on a four-lane highway, no matter what kind of four-lane highway it is, if you’re behind the bus, you must stop. If you’re coming toward the bus, approaching the bus from the opposite direction, you do not stop, you just proceed through with caution. And that’s the SC school bus law.
The penalty for passing a stopped school bus is up to a $1000 fine or up to 30 days in jail for a first offense–and six points on your driving record.