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Do you know when to stop for school buses?

Ferndale School District bus (March 8, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — Tomorrow is the first day of classes for the 2019-2020 Ferndale school year and that means heavier traffic around school and school buses will be out in the mornings and afternoons. As a result, drivers need to be aware and know the law when encountering a school bus with activated flashing lights and extended stop paddles.

The laws are different in different states. According to the Washington State Patrol, in Washington State:

  • You must ALWAYS stop if you are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.
  • On a two-lane road, traffic in both directions need to stop.
  • If there are three or more lanes, or a divided roadway, you are not required to stop if you’re traveling in the opposite direction of the bus.
  • Even if you are not required to stop, you still need to proceed with caution.
  • Failure to stop for a school bus can run you a $430 citation.
Video courtesy of Washington State Patrol
Courtesy WSP Trooper H. Axtman via Twitter

One Comment

  1. Ramona A Rae September 3, 2019

    Red flashing = stop
    Yellow flashing = caution (like a stop light)

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