You Shall Not Pass: School Bus Safety


Do you know the traffic regulations involving school buses? Flashing lights and stop paddles indicate that cars must NOT pass the bus because kids are entering or exiting into the roadway.

In Washington State, all motorists traveling in the same direction as a school bus must stop when the bus stop sign “paddle” is extended and its red lights are flashing. Drivers traveling in the opposite direction must stop on two-lane roads, but not if the roadway has three or more lanes, including turn lanes.

If drivers on a two-lane road don’t stop for a school bus, they can receive a $394 ticket, according to Washington State Patrol.

Remember… if you see a bus stopped, there are kids around. Slow down or stop your car to be completely safe. Thank you!

Learn more in the Washington State Driver’s Guide available here:

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