Ever wonder what school bus traffic laws are in the State of Oregon? Yesterday as I was driving down the road, a school bus was stopped on the opposite side of the street with the red stop sign out. I noticed that the traffic on the side of the bus was stopped and waiting for the red stop sign to go back in. However, on my side of the street it was different. I was stopped and watched as cars went right past me. They did not stop at the law states.
811.155 Failure to stop for bus safety lights; penalty. (1) A driver commits the offense of failure to stop for bus safety lights if the driver meets or overtakes from either direction any vehicle that is stopped on a roadway and that is operating red bus safety lights described under ORS 816.260 and the driver does not:
(a) Stop before reaching the vehicle; and
(b) Remain standing until the bus safety lights are no longer operating.
(2) The following apply to the offense described in this section:
(a) The offense described in this section does not apply if the vehicle operating the bus safety lights is not permitted under ORS 816.350 and 816.360 to operate red bus safety lights.
(b) A driver need not comply with this section if the vehicle operating red bus safety lights is stopped on a different roadway.
(3) The offense described in this section, failure to stop for bus safety lights, is a Class A traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §583; 1985 c.16 §290]
A good rule is to always stop. Children can always do something you are not ready for. If you are a passenger make sure your driver understands and knows this law. If you or they are in an accident, make sure you hire an attorney with the knowledge of this law.
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