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simone54's avatar

Can a school bus stop four lanes of traffic?

Asked by simone54 (7575 points ) May 27th, 2008

Say there I’m driving south on a four lane road. A school bus in driving north on that same four lane road. The bus stops to let children off down the road in front of me. Do I have to stop?

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skfinkel's avatar

Seems like it would be a good idea. Is there a rush?

simone54's avatar

No. It would be stupid idea that would hold up traffic. The children aren’t allowed cross the four lane highway, why can’t I just slow down?

nikipedia's avatar

Kids do a lot of dumb shit. Isn’t it worth inconveniencing yourself for a few seconds to possibly save a life?

Babo's avatar

Babo would stop.

simone54's avatar

What are you talking about?!

I’m just trying to figure if it law or not.

kevbo's avatar

If the highway is divided with a median, you don’t have to stop. Kids are, in fact, allowed to cross the street in front of the bus. Otherwise, why have a stop sign at all?

simone54's avatar

No I don’t think they are allowed to cross in front of the bus on a four lane highway.

bulbatron9's avatar

Kevbro nailed it! He also beat me to the punch!

kevbo's avatar

Well, if you’re the expert, why are you asking?

jrpowell's avatar

State and local laws vary. Call the non-emergency number for the police station and ask.

marinelife's avatar

From the CA DMV

If the school bus is on the other side of a divided or multilane (two or more lanes in each direction) highway, you do not need to stop.

From AFT

For New Jersey: On highways with separate roadways separated by safety islands or physical traffic separation installations, a vehicle driver on another roadway approaching a stopped school bus getting on or off any child, must slow to 10 miles per hour and not resume normal speed until the vehicle has passed the bus and any child who may have alighted therefrom or be about to enter said bus.

kevbo's avatar

Thanks, Marina. I guess I stand corrected then. My apologies, Simone.

Michael's avatar

Just to be clear though: if we’re talking about a four lane road without a divider (two lanes running one way, two the other, no median), and a school bus stops and puts out its stop sign, then, yes, you must stop, regardless of the lane that you are driving in.

Edit: State laws may vary, but this is the general rule.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Different states have differing laws. Illinois and Colorado, the two states I’m most familiar with, seem to agree that if the two lanes in each direction are divided by a median, the opposing traffic does not have to stop. If the separation is only by lane markers, then ALL traffic must stop.

john65pennington's avatar

The law only applies to four lanes that are connected, not separated with a medium.

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