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Several Fender Bender School Bus Crashes: Reminder for Illinois School Bus Law

Fri August 30 2013 11:44 am
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Driver’s must stop for school buses in certain conditions in the State of Illinois.

School Buses
You must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers on a two-lane roadway.

A warning will be given at least 100 feet (200 feet in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The bus driver will flash amber and red lights on the front and rear of the bus. The stop signal arm will be extended after the school bus has come to a complete stop. You must then come to a complete stop. You must remain stopped until the stop signal arm is no longer extended and the flashing lights are turned off or the driver signals you to pass.

On a four-lane roadway where a bus is stopped in the opposite direction from which
you are traveling, you are not required to stop your vehicle but you should drive with

Your driver’s license or vehicle registration will be suspended for three months and you will
pay a minimum $150 fine if you are convicted of illegally passing a stopped school bus.

Graphic from The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois) and the Illinois Association for Pupil Transportation.

Passing on a two-lane, two-way roadway is not allowed:
• In an area marked for no passing by a solid yellow line on your side of the center of
the roadway or a DO NOT PASS or NO PASSING ZONE sign.
• On a hill or curve where it is not possible to see oncoming vehicles.
• Within 100 feet of an intersection or railroad crossing.
• When the view is blocked within 100 feet of any bridge, viaduct or tunnel.
• When a vehicle has stopped at a crosswalk or intersection to allow a pedestrian to
• In a construction zone. All constructions zones in Illinois are no passing zones.
• In any school zone located in an unincorporated area.
• In any posted school zone in an incorporated area.
• When a school bus has stopped to load or discharge passengers.

Remember …
School buses, vehicles carrying hazardous materials and vehicles carrying passengers for hire must stop at all railroad grade crossings.

The charge is Aggravated DUI when a school bus driver commits a DUI while driving a school bus with children.

A driver must meet special requirements to operate a school bus (contact your local
school district); religious organization bus; child-care vehicle; vehicle used in forprofit ride sharing; or vehicle used for senior citizen transportation. Please check
with your employer, a local Driver Services facility, or call the Safe Ride Section of
the Secretary of State’s office.

Illinois 2013 Rules of the Road …

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