Bus Polices

Bus Safety Information

When to Stop for a School Bus

Parents and others driving on South Carolina roads should be aware of state law that mandates
that a motorist stop for a stopped school bus with flashing lights under these conditions:

* if you are on a two-lane highway, traveling in either direction, you must stop;

* if you are on a multi-lane highway traveling behind the bus, you must stop. If you are on a
multi-lane highway and meet a stopped school bus heading toward you, you do not have to stop but should simply slow down and pass with caution.

Fines and Rules

The fine for passing a stopped school bus can be as much as $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense.

Motorists must learn the “flashing signal light system” that school bus drivers use to alert
motorists that they are going to stop to load or unload students:

* Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children.

Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles.

* Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and that children are getting on or off.