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Do You Know The Rules Of The Road Around School Buses?

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Miami-Dade school bus rolls out.  (Source: CBS4)

Miami-Dade school bus rolls out. (Source: CBS4)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Do you know the rules of the road when it comes to school buses on the roads?

As students go back to school, Monday, drivers will need to pay closer attention to buses.

Source: DHSMV

Source: DHSMV

In Florida, drivers must stop upon approaching any school bus which displays its flashing red lights and has its stop signs extended.

Click here for more information about procedures around school buses.

Drivers are not allowed to pass the bus while it is stopped and displaying its stop signal.

Once the signal has been fully withdrawn, a driver may pass.

Passing a bus with the signal extended is a moving violation and will result in a ticket.

However, a driver on a divided highway with an unpaved space of a least five feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions.

School buses will stop as far to the right of the street as possible and display all lights and signals required by the state.

According to a Florida Department of Education survey conducted in April 2012, more than 21,000 drivers illegally passed school buses on a one day survey. That represents over 3.7 million possible violations by motorists in Florida during the 180-day school year, reported FloridaSchoolBusSafety.gov.

For a full list of the rules and regulations and the penalties, click here.

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