The Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round

It’s the final countdown until the first day of school for many of us. Tax-free weekend is upon us, and soon yellow school buses will be traveling the streets, carrying precious cargo. It seems silly to have to remind drivers to keep an eye out for children when a school bus is nearby, but this reminder is very necessary. Even drivers who don’t have children themselves will want to take heed when they see that red stop sign extend from the side of the yellow school bus: Tennessee has stiff financial penalties for drivers who fail to follow this law.

When a driver comes upon a school bus that stopped to let off or let on children, he must stop his own car before reaching the bus. Also, the driver should stay stopped until the school bus continues on its way or the bus driver’s visual signals are no longer activated.

However, if the bus is stopped on a highway, with separate roadways, in a loading zone where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the road, the driver doesn’t necessarily need to stop. “Separate roadways” means the road is divided by space that is not suitable for vehicular traffic.

If you have questions about this law or have been cited for violating it, give us a call. In the meantime, keep an eye out for the bus signals, and good luck getting that kids’ song out of your head.

Christina S. Stanford