Sharing the Road 101: Here’s when drivers must stop for school buses
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - With the start of a new school year coming quickly, it’s time for a pop quiz: Do you know when state law requires you to stop for a school bus?
The answer to when drivers are legally required to stop for a school bus depends on the road.
Drivers must stop for the entire time a school bus is stopped or preparing to stop with its red or amber lights flashing or its stop arm extended, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
After the school bus’s red or amber lights have stopped flashing and the stop arm is no longer visible, drivers should proceed slowly, watching for children.
On any two-lane highway, drivers must stop for a school bus whether they are meeting the bus or following behind it. Drivers attempting to pass a school bus with red or amber lights flashing must always wait, the SCDPS website states.
But on any four-lane or multi-lane highway, they must stop for a school bus only if they are driving behind the bus. Drivers traveling in the opposite direction are not required to wait for a school bus. That’s true regardless of whether the road has a grassy median, a rule that sets South Carolina apart from other states like North Carolina.
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