School Bus Safety Reminder


The 2022 National School Bus Safety Week is October 17-21. Children riding to school via bus are 70 times more likely to get to school safely compared to riding in a car. And thankfully, accidents involving school buses are rare, but they are particularly disturbing when they occur.

Safety Reminders

Please allow the below to serve as a safety refresher of the rules of the road regarding school buses:

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.

Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law – Penalties if Convicted

  • $250 fine
  • Five points on your driving record
  • 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.

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Scott Bonebrake practices law in Media, PA, and has been a licensed attorney for 27 years. Please feel free to contact Scott if you have any legal questions. You can reach Scott at 610-892-7700, or at