While it is acceptable to pass a school bus with yellow warning lights flashing, it is both dangerous and illegal to pass a school bus with red lights flashing. For questions regarding this information, please contact the Pupil transportation office at the Ohio Department of Education.
Can you go around a school bus with yellow flashing lights?
It is illegal to pass a school bus from behind when yellow lights are flashing. When approaching a school bus traveling in the opposite direction, a driver must slow the vehicle to 20 miles per hour or less when yellow lights are seen, and be prepared to stop when the stop arm is extended and red lights flash.
How should drivers react to a school bus when its yellow lights are flashing?
While wording varies from State to State, generally the law requires the following: The school bus driver activates flashing yellow lights to indicate the school bus is preparing to stop to load or unload students. At this point, motorists should slow down and prepare to stop.
What does it mean when you see amber lights flashing on a school bus?
“Flashing amber lights are a signal that the school bus is preparing to stop, so drivers need to slow down, pay attention and proceed carefully,” State Patrol Lt. Karl Mittelstadt said in a statement.
What does it mean when a school bus flashing yellow lights?
Lights flash on buses to warn motorists that buses are picking up and dropping off children. By law, a driver must not overtake or pass a bus with flashing lights at more than 40km/h.
What should you do if a school bus has its amber yellow lights flashing *?
When motorists see a school bus with yellow lights flashing, they should take that as notice that the red lights will be coming on, just as at a traffic signal. The yellow light is your warning to start slowing down and prepare to stop.
When you see flashing amber lights near the top of a school bus you should know that?
When you meet an oncoming school bus displaying flashing amber lights, you must slow down to no more than 20 mph and be prepared to stop. If the red lights are flashing or if the stop arm is out, you must come to a complete stop at least 15 feet from the bus.
What does a flashing yellow light mean?
Any flashing yellow signal means drivers are to slow down and proceed through the intersection with caution. A flashing red signal means motorists should come to a complete stop before proceeding.
What’s the penalty for passing a school bus?
Passing a stopped school bus on the right is a fine of $500 to $1,200 and license suspension of 30 days for first offense, no less than 30 days for second offense and 30 days to 120 days for subsequent offenses.