When a school bus is stopped on a roadway, the following regulations apply:
- Motorists are required to stop when a school bus has flashing lights and an extended stop arm displayed. Motorists are not required to stop during the preliminary stage of an eight-light warning, but should prepare to stop.
- On a road with fewer than four lanes, motorists approaching the bus must stop from both directions at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus.
- On a road with four lanes or more, motorists proceeding in the same direction must stop.
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School bus drivers will report the license plate number of a motorist unlawfully passing a stopped bus.