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Road Rules Around School Buses in Virginia

We understand how frustrating it is to set out for work 20 minutes early, only to end up blocked behind a school bus. But in order to guarantee the safety of our young ones while they travel to school each day, everyone must adherence to Virginia’s school bus rules of the road. So, let’s dive into these rules and make our peace with the morning school bus traffic!

Stopping for School Buses-§ 46.2-859

One of the most critical rules involves stopping for school buses.  In accordance with Virginia Code § 46.2-859, motorists must stop for a particular school bus exhibiting a stop sign and flashing red lights, no matter the direction approached from. This rule applies on all types of roads, including two-lane, multi-lane, and two-way highways if there is no median or barrier. But, if a highway is divided by a barrier motorists are no longer required to stop if they are on the opposite side of the road.

Safe Driving in School Zones-§ 46.2-873

In areas with school zones, drivers must exercise extra caution. Virginia Code § 46.2-873, outlines the requirements of school crossing zones. Such areas are designated in order to protect children who are going to or departing from school. In general localities often place  warning lights and “School Speed Limit” signs to ensure the safety of children in these areas. It is essential for drivers to pay attention to the task at hand and watch for crossing guards or school patrols, and the presence of children.

Avoiding Distractions

Distracted driving is also a significant concern, especially around school dismissal and arrival times. Drivers need to put down their phones and take extra caution especially when backing out of the driveway or leaving a garage, driving slow through neighborhoods with school zones, or when sidewalks are absent. Fully understanding the road rules and etiquette around school buses around school buses is more than merely obeying the law, it is an obligation we all share to protect and keep our children safe. So, the next time a bus slows down your morning drive, take a deep breath, count to ten, and bear in mind that we are all in this together.

Has Your Child Been Hurt Due To A Motorist Breaking The Law?

Even though our aim is to supply educational articles such as this one to avoid reckless injuries, we know that such accidents continue to happen. If your child has been hurt by motorist while going to or from the school bus, we can provide you with the compassionate and skilled support that you need.  At Curcio Law, we are committed to standing up for victims of negligence.

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