VIDEO IS FROM A CANADIAN NEWS REPORT BUT THE VIDEO THE DRIVER CAPTURED IS VERY DISTURBING
MERCED COUNTY, CA – School bus safety is not only for students and the drivers to know and follow, but it is most important for you and I to understand and follow them as well. An MCNTV News viewer sent us this recent incident that is alleged to have happened just outside of Winton.
“Tuesday afternoon outside of Winton on Shaffer road headed towards the river,” the viewer wrote, “a group of high school kids in either a new black Mustang or black Dodge Charger sped around a school bus full of kids exiting a bus on the right side and nearly ran a kid over while laughing speeding over the speed limit on the dirt sidewalk.”
California law states that vehicles must stop upon meeting, from either direction, a school bus that is stopped for loading or unloading children that displays flashing red light signals (located at the top front and back of the bus), and a stop signal arm, unless the school bus is on the opposite roadway of a divided highway. The flashing red lights on the bus mean that children are getting on or off the bus and are likely to try to cross the road near the bus.
The applicable statute is Vehicle Code section 22454, and is applicable only if the school bus has both lights and a sign. If the school bus is stopped to load or unload schoolchildren, and has its lights flashing and sign out, vehicles on the same side must stop. Vehicles on the opposite side must also stop unless it is a divided highway (one with barriers or open space between two roadways) or a multiple lane highway (two or more lanes of travel in both directions). Violation of this law will get you a $625 ticket.
And if you think you can speed by a bus and get away with it, he school bus driver can note the license plate of a person violating the law, report him to the police, and have a ticket issued later.
To avoid the ticket and most of all possibly injuring or even killing someone, just do the right thing and stop when you see a bus pulled over with flashing red light signals.