BG Police Remind Drivers To Obey Stopped School Bus Regulations

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Bowling Green (02/04/2013) – Bowling Green Police Division Officers in cooperation with Bowling GreenCity School’s Transportation department, are asking drivers to watch for and obey stopped school bus regulations. Since School started in the fall of 2012 there have been 13 violations reported to the BGPD. Of those 13 violations, officers were able to identify and cite 7 drivers for passing a stopped school bus.

State law and City ordinances require the driver of a vehicle, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school child, person attending programs offered by community boards of mental health and county boards of developmental disabilities, or child attending a program offered by a head start agency, shall stop at least ten feet from the front or rear of the school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.

Where a highway has been divided into four or more traffic lanes, a driver of a vehicle, need not stop for a school bus approaching from the opposite direction which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any person identified in the previous paragraph. If a person is traveling in the same direction as the school bus on a divided highway then they must stop as indicated in the previous paragraph.

Drivers are warned that bus drivers are alert to these violations and will be forwarding the offending vehicles information to local law enforcement for follow up.