September 6, 2018

School is Back in Session; Make Sure You Know and Obey the School Bus Law

As the new school year begins it is vital that everyone know and follow the Maryland School bus law. The danger to school bus-riding students remains a great concern. Far too many drivers have received citations. Last school year from Sept. to mid-August, 34,778 citations were issued. This means that more than 34,000 times a driver put our children at risk by disobeying the law.

The law is clear, in Maryland, drivers must stop, and remain stopped, for a school bus that is stopped with red lights flashing and stop arm activated. A driver may not proceed until the flashing red lights go off and the bus begins to move. The only time a driver doesn’t have to stop is if the vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and there is a physical median/barrier separating the lanes of traffic.

These numerous camera citations confirm a lack of compliance to the law and it is only a matter of time before a child is seriously injured or killed. Make sure you know, understand and obey the school bus law. Let’s work together to decrease these violations this school year.

Learn more about school bus safety here. Please share the Understanding the School Bus Law information flyer with friends and family. Let’s do all we can to keep our kids safe.


  1. Perhaps bus drivers shouldn't wait for kids that aren't at the stop. When I was a kid, if you weren't at the stop waiting to get picked up by the bus, it was on your parents to get you to school. If you didnt get in and seated promptly, your problem. The slow shuffle wasnt tolerated by bus drivers.

  2. Then I got a ticket for no reason. I was driving south, in lane closest to sidewalk, on Connecticut, school bus, in lane closest to sidewalk, going north. Connecticut is divided with median where I was. I got a $125 ticket in the mail. So did I pay something that I shouldn't have even been cited for?

    1. If your description is accurate, yes, you paid a fine you shouldn’t have incurred. But good luck getting any fairness out of Montgomery County with parking tickets. To contest you have to go to court. If you’ve got paid tome off that you don’t mind using, great. Otherwise, you miss your day’s pay, piss off your boss for calling out and take your chances on court.

  3. What if there is a traffic circle and the bus stops right at the edge of the traffic circle, say at 9 o'clock? Can a car enter at 6 o'clock and proceed around the circle to 12 o'clock? I'm not talking time of day here but looking at the traffic circle as if it were the face of a clock. There have been an increasing number of traffic circles in my part of the county in the last 15 years, and this is not a hypothetical question.

  4. Seriously, people. Do we want to gamble with a child's life on the basis of a technicality? Can't we just stop for that extra minute (or three) while a bus driver waits for a child who is late to the bus stop? Or if the road divider/traffic circle may or may not allow us to continue?


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