Now that school is back in full swing, it is important for both motorists and school bus drivers to know the laws. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we know how important it is that students get to and from school safely. Brushing up on how to share the road with a bus and what to expect of the bus driver is part of making sure that happens.
Under Georgia law, you must obey the following rules for passing a school bus that has its flashing red lights on and the stop sign out:
- On a two-lane road, all traffic must stop.
- On a two-lane road with a center turn lane, all traffic must stop.
- On a four-lane road without a median, all traffic must stop.
- On a four-lane road with a center turn lane, all traffic must stop.
- On a four-lane road or more with a median, only traffic on the side of the road with the bus must stop.
There are also laws in place that school bus drivers must follow. For example, the state bans all motorists, including school bus drivers, from texting while behind the wheel. Drivers must also undergo specific training in order to safely operate the vehicle. According to the Georgia Department of Education, drivers are tested on items such as loading and unloading students.
Further, school buses in Georgia must be inspected on a monthly basis to ensure they are in good condition. These inspections can help to spot any potential defects or operating issues that could impede a trip.
For more information on this topic, please visit our page on bus accidents.