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School Bus Violations

Passing a Stopped School Bus in New York City

NY VTL § 1174(a): Failure to Stop for a School Bus

One traffic law that many motorists forget about is the law regarding school buses. Passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights is a serious offense in New York. When a school bus flashes its signal lights, all lanes of traffic on both sides of the road must come to a complete stop, even if the opposing lines of traffic are divided.

According to New York VTL § 1174(a), a driver who meets or overtakes a school bus (from either direction) that has stopped to receive or discharge any passengers, and which has at least one flashing red signal lamp, must stop their vehicle before reaching said school bus. The driver must also remain stopped until the bus continues moving or signals for the driver to pass, or until a police officer gives the driver permission to continue.

What Happens if You Pass a Stopped School Bus?

If pulled over for this traffic violation, you could potentially face some heavy penalties, especially if this is your second or third conviction for a moving violation.

Penalties for passing a stopped school bus could include the following:

  • A fine of $250 - $400
  • 5 points on your license
  • Up to 30 days in jail

Do not hesitate to speak with a New York City school bus ticket lawyer from our firm if you were pulled over for passing a stopped school bus. We can help you fight your ticket.

Why the Law Requires You to Stop

The reason you must follow a bus driver’s instruction to stop is to ensure the safety of all passengers. According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the majority of school bus related accidents occur when children exit the bus and are crossing the road – not during collisions with other vehicles, as many might think.

Drivers on both sides of the road must stop at least 20 feet away from the bus and its passengers. Drivers who have multiple infractions in one year can be hit with fines of up to $1,000. If drivers are convicted of three or more violations in a short period of time, they may have their license suspended or revoked for a period of six months.

Consult a School Bus Ticket Attorney in NYC

Gannes & Musico, LLP is led by Attorney Margo L. Gannes and Attorney Philip Musico, who are both dedicated to fighting traffic tickets and criminal charges for more serious traffic violations. Whether you need to fight a ticket for passing a school bus or for leaving the scene of an accident, we can help. Our lawyers are seasoned litigators who know New York's traffic laws and how to handle your case to the best results.

Call (877) 803-2603 to speak with a lawyer who can help!

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