When Do You Stop for School Buses?

By Chief Deputy Orvis Campbell

With school back in full swing, our office would like to take this opportunity to remind drivers of school bus laws. When buses are picking up and dropping off school children:

All drivers traveling on two-lane roads must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the school bus.

On roads with four lanes or more, drivers traveling in the same direction must stop. Drivers approaching the bus in the opposite direction do not stop because school buses in Ohio are only allowed to drop off and pick up on the side of the road the child resides.

Drivers must remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or until the bus driver signals that drivers can proceed.

Violations can result in fines up to $500.00 and a suspended license for up to a year.

Confused? Ask yourself this simple question: am I traveling on a two-lane road? If yes, stop. Dover Township is mainly two-lanes, so this rule will apply most often near your home.

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