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Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 14, 2018 in General Interest

In South Carolina, schools are about to begin again. Please be on the lookout for school buses and children along the highway.  Children, especially younger ones, may dart across the street without looking.  So, especially for the first few weeks of school, be extra careful.  And always slow down in a school zone.  You may avoid an expensive ticket and you may save a life.

For a refresher on when to stop for a school bus, courtesy of the SCDMV Driver's Handbook:

Stopped School Bus

You must stop for a stopped school bus with flashing lights that is loading or unloading passengers. This is required by law whether you are meeting the bus or traveling behind it under the following conditions:

1. On any two-lane highway.

2. On any four-lane or multi-lane highway only when traveling behind a school bus.

3. When passing a school bus that has red or amber signals flashing.

You Do Not Have to Stop:

1. When the bus is in a passenger loading zone completely off the main travel lanes and when pedestrians are not allowed to cross the roadway.

2. A driver of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting a stopped school bus when traveling in the opposite direction on a multi-lane highway or multi-lane private road. A multi-lane highway or multi-lane private road is defined as a highway or private road that consists of four lanes, having at least two traffic lanes in each direction.

You must always stop on any highway when you are behind the bus. When you have stopped, you must not proceed until the bus moves or the driver signals to you that the way is clear, or the red lights are no longer flashing.

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