NEW HANVOER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Students will be heading back to school soon, so it is important for drivers to known when they should stop for school buses and when they are clear to pass a school bus.
According to the state statute, when a school bus is displaying its mechanical stop sign or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, the driver of any other vehicle that approaches the school bus from any direction on the same street or highway shall bring that other vehicle to a full stop and shall remain stopped.
The driver of the other vehicles shall not move or attempt to pass the school bus until after the mechanical stop sign has been withdrawn, the flashing red stoplights have been turned off, and the bus has started to move.
According to the state statute, passing a stopped school bus is a class one misdemeanor and court appearance is mandatory.
In addition, officials with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says passing a stopped school bus is five points against a driver's insurance.
Click here for a diagram with specific details about when to stop for a school bus in various road situations.
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