Heads up commuters, rules have changed with regard to when it’s safe — and legal — to pass a school bus.
A recent amendment to Arizona law requires that all school bus drivers operate the red-and-white stop signal sign and flashing lights for students loading or unloading from the school bus whether the bus is stopped on the roadway, a private road, or a driveway, Deputy Jesus Bañuelos, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.
In the past, bus drivers did not need to operate the stop arm and lights if the bus was on a private road or driveway.
A first offense for illegally passing a school bus is a minimum fine of $250. Those convicted of a second violation within three years can be fined a minimum of $750 and lose their driver’s license for up to six months. A third violation increases the fine to at least $1,000 and the loss of a driver’s license for up to a year, Bañuelos said.