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School Bus Safety Tips

With school back in session that means busses are back on the roads. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has provided educational resources to help protect our students, bus drivers and motorists.

Students, parents, teachers, administrators, transportation personnel and the motoring public all play important roles in keeping our children safe while on or around the school bus.

When to Stop for Busses?

Animated graphic showing aspects of Pennsylvania's school bus stopping law


Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.

  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.

  • Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.

  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.

  • Do not proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.


If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law, you can face a $250 fine, five points on your driving record, and 60-day license suspension

For more information, review Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law Fact Sheet.