KPD: How school bus laws actually work

in Government/School

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — We all have a role in keeping students safe in our community. Drivers illegally pass school buses all time while drivers are picking up or dropping off students, but Knoxville police officers said many drivers may not even realize they’re breaking the law.

Let’s take a closer look at the law. Tennessee Law 55-8-151 states, “The driver of a vehicle upon a highway shall stop the vehicle before reaching the school bus. The driver shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed or the visual signals are no longer actuated.”

To sum it up, all traffic must stop while the school bus is parked, picking up or dropping off students. Illegally passing during that time puts students at risk, and in Knoxville the driver could face both city and state fines.

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