School buses starting rolling around North Carolina and in the Triad in mid-August. Since that time, we have had several fatalities in the state including the Triad.
In the four weeks in the Triad we have had one fatality and three other students hit by cars. In the three non fatal cases the drivers were charged with running school bus stop arm and other traffic related charges.
A week before schools opened in August WFMY News 2 attended a bus safety clinic conducted for the media in Rockingham County. It was sponsored by Rockingham County Schools, the Sheriff's Department and NC Highway Patrol. They simulated scenarios with vehicles and buses. Highway patrol showed a vehicle passing a stopped school bus and then being pulled over by Highway Patrol to display the consequences for breaking the law.
There are serious penalties for drivers who break North Carolina's school bus laws. Because of the recent injuries to children just this week, WFMY News 2 is once again giving you the information you need about school bus safety laws and when you should stop.
Here a breakdown for when drivers should stop when the school bus arm is out:
- For two-lane roads, all traffic must stop on both sides.
- For two-lane roads with a center turning lane, all traffic must stop on both sides.
- For four-lane roads without a median, all traffic must stop on both sides
- On divided highways with four lanes or more and there is a median, only the traffic on the side of the bus must stop.
- On roads with four lanes or more and there is a center turning lane, only drivers on the same side of the bus have to stop.
North Carolina's complete school bus arm law can be found here.
Click for NC School Bus Safety information.
WFMY News 2/NC Highway Patrol