When to STOP for a School Bus – Kids on Board

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When to STOP for a School Bus

Now that school is back in full swing, do you know when and where you are supposed to STOP for a school bus?  If not, we want to help you learn, because there are precious Kids on Board that big yellow school bus and their safety is important.

  • When the school bus is stopped, the alternate flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are activated.
  • Oncoming and following traffic must stop before they reach the bus when these signals are activated.
  • You must stop on a 2-lane road where the vehicles travel in either direction and on a 2-lane road that is a one-way street.
  • You do not need to stop when you are traveling the opposite direction of a school bus on a highway divided by a median where the vehicles traveling one direction are on a totally separate road from the vehicles traveling the opposite direction nor when you are traveling the opposite direction of a school bus on a highway containing four or more lanes of traffic.

Don’t break the law by not knowing When to STOP for a School Bus – Kids on Board.

Missouri Revised Statue 304.050. 1. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children and whose driver has in the manner prescribed by law given the signal to stop, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by its driver to proceed.

Take a minute and learn when to STOP for a School Bus

Drivers’Responsibilities Around School Buses

Chapter 304 of the Missouri Revised Statutes outlines the traffic regulations which apply to drivers who encounter school buses on the road. This includes flashing red lights and a red stop sign extending from the driver’s side of the bus. When approaching a stopped school bus from either direction, the driver of the approaching vehicle is required to stop before reaching the bus if the school bus has indicated its intention to receive or discharge passengers by use of the signaling devices. The  driver is to remain stopped until the bus has retracted its warning signals and resumed motion or until signaled by the bus driver to proceed. On highways with divided roadways or with four or more lanes of traffic, only those vehicles traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop when the warning signals are engaged. Drivers should also remember that school buses will activate their warning lights and come to a full stop before crossing railroad tracks. NEVER pass a parked school bus on the right, where children enter or exit.  For additional information on When to STOP for a School Bus – kids on board, see safemotorist.com/Missouri/Children/school