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School Bus Violations

Passing a Stopped School Bus in New York

One traffic law that many motorists may forget about is the law regarding stopped school buses. Passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights is a serious offense. Even if you were on the other side of a divided highway, you were still required to stop before you passed the school bus.

NY VTL 1174

According to N.Y. VTL § 1174, 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 this crime.

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 traffic ticket lawyer from our firm if you have been pulled over for passing a stopped school bus. We know the law and can help you fight your ticket!

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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.

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