Ohio bus law reminder: When to stop for a school bus

Ohio bus law reminder: When to stop for a school bus
Updated: Aug. 24, 2018 at 4:33 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It's that time of year again. Students in Ohio are heading back to school and the buses packed with kids are filling up the roadways.

Drivers on the road may be confused when they see a school bus' stop-arm pop out during a student drop-off.

When do drivers need to stop and when are they allowed to continue driving?

The law in Ohio depends on the number of lanes.

  • On a two-lane roadway: 

Drivers traveling in both directions must stop for school buses. By law, drivers must remain stopped until the bus is in motion again or the bus driver signals that traffic can proceed.

  • On a road with four or more lanes:

Drivers on the opposite side of a stopped school bus do not need to stop. Only vehicles on the same side of the roadway are required to stop. That law is applicable in Ohio, but not in all other states. On roads with four or more lanes, Ohio law requires that school buses pick up students on the same side of the road that the passenger lives on.

A driver breaking these laws can face fines of up to $500 and a temporarily suspended license.

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