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School Zone, School Bus Safety Urged As Classes Resume

August 26, 2013

With the resumption of classes this week, safety officials are urging motorists to utilize caution near school zones and street crossings, and around school buses.

PennDOT reminds drivers that state law requires a motorist approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and “stop arm” extended to come to a stop at least ten feet from the bus.  The only exception to the law is when the bus is stopping on the opposite side of a highway divider.  Violators could face fines of $250, five points on their driving records, and 60-day license suspensions.

Drivers are also required to slow to the posted 15 miles-per-hour speed limit in school zones.  Violations carry fines and three-point penalties on driving records.

Officials also caution motorists to use caution near school bus stops and pedestrian crosswalks.

More information is available on the “School Bus Safety” information center at

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