School Buses, Alabama & the Law

Aug 20, 2019 | Allen A. Ritchie

Courtesy: k12 alabama

Here is a good rule to follow: stop when a school bus stops. There are some exceptions, but generally cars on both sides of the street must stop when a school bus is loading or unloading.

If you think that is too much, let me tell you about our neighbors. Last year on the same day, a 9-year-old boy was killed in Mississippi while crossing the street to get to a school bus and a kindergarten student in Florida was hit when a driver, going in the opposite direction from the bus, failed to stop.

It is such a problem that Alabama has passed a stop-arm camera law. It is now legal for cities and counties in our state to photograph drivers who pass a stopped school bus and issue the drivers tickets.

In short, here is the Alabama law. On a two-lane street, motorists in both directions must stop when a school bus is stopped, and the stop-signal arm is extended and flashing red lights. Both sides must stay stopped until the signal is retracted, and the lights turned off.

Drivers must also stop on a 4 or 6 lane UNDIVIDED highway.

Now you don’t have to stop on a DIVIDED highway with 4 or more lanes. But, and trust in my experience of helping accident victims, I highly suggest you slow down and pay a lot of attention. You simply do not want to be the person who hits a child.

Here is to an educational and safe school year.

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Allen Ritchie

Alabama personal injury lawyer