What are the rules for other vehicles near a school bus?
Amber (yellow) flashing lights at the top of the bus indicate the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Although you are not required to stop when the amber lights are flashing, you should be prepared to stop as soon as the bus comes to a full stop.
Red lights/Stop Arm: When the bus stops, red lights on the top of the bus and the stop arm will begin flashing, signaling drivers that children are entering or exiting the bus and may be crossing the street. Stop and wait until the red lights stop flashing and the bus begins moving before starting to drive again.
- Never pass a school bus on the right
- All school buses must stop before crossing railroad tracks, never pass a bus at a railroad crossing
- Be aware of school zone signals and always obey the posted speed limits
Failure to stop for a school bus adds 2 points to your license in Ohio and is punishable by fines up to $500. You must appear in court and the judge has the discretion to suspend your driver’s license for up to one year.