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Old 10-27-2010, 12:36 PM
 
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I have a question about stopping for a school bus. If a school bus is stopped and letting off kids ON A 4 LANE ROAD DIVIDED BY DOUBLE YELLOW LINES. Do the cars facing the school bus have to stop? My understanding is that a bus CAN NOT let kids cross 4 lanes to get to the other side which means cars facing the bus are not required to stop. Does anyone KNOW the real answer? thanks
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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According to this, as long as there's no median, you do have to stop on both sides of the road.

North Carolina School Bus Stop Law (http://itre.ncsu.edu/ghsp/sbswlaw.html - broken link)

Hope this helps.
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Old 10-27-2010, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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page 48 of the Driver's Handbook has the answer.........


http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_serv...DL_English.pdf
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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... which makes driving up and down Mallard Creek Rd. every day exasperating. The traffic in the opposing lanes is not supposed to stop, and you'd think that most drivers would know that, yet about half stop when they shouldn't, while the rest (like me) don't.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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page 48 of the Driver's Handbook has the answer.........


http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_serv...DL_English.pdf
That was interesting!
I knew that everyone had to stop in Nativechief's example. I knew that if the four-lane road was divided by a median, only the traffic following the bus had to stop.
I did NOT know that if the four-lane road was divided by just a center turn lane, only the traffic following the bus has to stop. Good to know!

In unrelated news, I think having a 45 mph speed limit for buses is a stupid, stupid law.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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That was interesting!
I knew that everyone had to stop in Nativechief's example. I knew that if the four-lane road was divided by a median, only the traffic following the bus had to stop.
I did NOT know that if the four-lane road was divided by just a center turn lane, only the traffic following the bus has to stop. Good to know!

In unrelated news, I think having a 45 mph speed limit for buses is a stupid, stupid law.
I didn't know about the turn lane example either. I always thought that if there wasn't a physical median, both directions of traffic had to stop. Better safe than sorry, I suppose, and I'm sure a lot of people would stop for that.

Do you think the speed limit for buses should be higher or lower? Why?
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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[quote=Timm;16425125
In unrelated news, I think having a 45 mph speed limit for buses is a stupid, stupid law.[/QUOTE]

I'd be interested to know how many accidents are caused by the school buses going so slow. I see them almost occur daily on 485.
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:39 PM
 
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And why is it that when the school bus is crawling along in the right lane on 485 that most drivers seem scared to pass it?
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Old 10-27-2010, 05:54 PM
 
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And why is it that when the school bus is crawling along in the right lane on 485 that most drivers seem scared to pass it?
I know! this confuses me too. I passed a mile long line of cars today that were just hanging out behind the bus. I think a lot of people (read: morons) think they aren't allowed to pass school buses any time.
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Old 10-27-2010, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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That was interesting!
I knew that everyone had to stop in Nativechief's example. I knew that if the four-lane road was divided by a median, only the traffic following the bus had to stop.
I did NOT know that if the four-lane road was divided by just a center turn lane, only the traffic following the bus has to stop. Good to know!

In unrelated news, I think having a 45 mph speed limit for buses is a stupid, stupid law.

The buses have a governor on them as I understand that keeps them from exceeding 45/50.

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I know! this confuses me too. I passed a mile long line of cars today that were just hanging out behind the bus. I think a lot of people (read: morons) think they aren't allowed to pass school buses any time.

Many people today are afraid to pass a school bus because the little hellions are throwing stuff from bus windows etc.......
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