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Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 02:11 pm:   

What is the law for traffic approaching a school bus with its stop sign out on a divided road such as Rolator? Are the cars on the opposite side of the median required to stop?

Todd Renshaw, Chief of Police
Username: Todd

Post Number: 149
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 06, 2003 - 07:40 pm:   

No, you are not. Obviously, it should raise your awareness as to children in the area and proceeding should be done with caution. Below is the statute.

Sec 545.066 Passing a School Bus: Offense

(a) An operator on a highway, when approaching from either direction a school bus stopped on the highway to receive or discharge a student:

(1) shall stop before reaching the school bus when the bus is operating a visual signal, and

(2) may not proceed until:
(A) the school bus resumes motion:
(B) the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or
(C) the visual signal is no longer activated.
(b) An operator on a highway having separate roadways is not required to stop:
(1) for a school bus that is on a different roadway; or
(2) if on a controlled access highway, for a school bus that is stopped:
(A) in a loading zone that is part of or adjacent to the highway; and
(B) where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

(f) For the purposes of this section:
(1) a highway is considered to have separate roadways only if the highway has roadways separated by an intervening space on which operation of vehicles is not permitted, a physical barrier, or a clearly indicated dividing section constructed to impede vehicular traffic; and
(2) a highway is not considered to have separate roadways if the highway has roadways separated only by a left turn lane.

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