Pennsylvania School Bus Stopping Laws

Do you know when you are required to stop for a school bus?

School buses use flashing light signals to alert motorists of upcoming actions:

Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload passengers. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop.

Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and passengers are getting on or off the bus. Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Laws requires that motorists stop their vehicles and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and passengers have reached a place of safety before they can proceed to move again.

Motorists MUST stop at least ten feet away from a stopped school bus.

Two-Lane Roadway

Four Lane Roadway

Two Lane Roadway with Turn Lane

Four Lane Roadway Turn Lane

Separate Road

If a school bus is stopped at an intersection, traffic from ALL directions must STOP.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law, penalties can include:

- $250 fine

- Five points on your driving record

- 60-day license suspension