Stopping for School Bus

Operators of motor vehicles (cars, trucks, etc.) have a responsibility to know and follow state law on when to stop for a school bus loading or discharging passengers. These rules exist to ensure the safety of children. Godfrey-Lee Public Schools employs external video cameras on our buses to note when drivers disregard the laws and pass buses that have signaled them to stop with the two (2) alternating red flashers. Violators captured on video are reported to the Wyoming Public Safety Department.

flickr-school-busIgnorance of the law or failing to stop because you may have been distracted are not valid reasons for jeopardizing the safety of our youngsters. We expect that citizens operating motor vehicles will do so responsibly and pay attention to the activity going on around them.

For your convenience, here is the applicable state code. If you have questions or don’t understand it, please feel free to call our Operations and Transportation Supervisor whose office is in the Early Childhood Center, or you can contact the City of Wyoming Public Safety Department.

MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 300 of 1949

257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.

Sec. 682.

(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.

(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.

(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.

(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service at a school.
History: 1949, Act 300, Eff. Sept. 23, 1949 ;– Am. 1956, Act 48, Eff. Aug. 11, 1956 ;– Am. 1957, Act 284, Eff. Sept. 27, 1957 ;– Am. 1958, Act 160, Eff. Sept. 13, 1958 ;– Am. 1962, Act 92, Eff. Mar. 28, 1963 ;– Am. 1963, Act 149, Eff. Sept. 6, 1963 ;– Am. 1969, Act 240, Eff. Mar. 20, 1970 ;– Am. 1978, Act 510, Eff. Aug. 1, 1979 ;– Am. 1979, Act 66, Eff. Aug. 1, 1979 ;– Am. 1982, Act 65, Imd. Eff. Apr. 8, 1982 ;– Am. 1990, Act 188, Eff. Aug. 15, 1990 ;– Am. 2012, Act 263, Imd. Eff. July 3, 2012

 

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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