Alabama School Bus Safety Law- Summary

  • Alabama law forbids drivers from passing a stopped school - or church - bus in almost every case. Drivers must remain stopped until the bus resumes motion.

    • Drivers are required to stop when meeting or following a school bus stopped on a two lane road or four to six lane undivided highway.
    • Drivers aren't required to stop on a divided highway having four or more lanes if two of the lanes allow for traffic to flow in the other direction.

    Simply put - if it's a highway divided only by a turn lane or no other barrier, traffic in both directions must stop.

    If it's a four or six-lane highway with a barrier or unpaved area between the directional lanes, cars approaching the bus in the opposite direction aren't required to stop but are advised to use caution.

    Fines

    • First Offense for illegally passing a stopped bus is $150 to $300 for first offense.
    • Second offense could result in a fine of $300 to $500 and suspension of driver's license for 30 days and 100 hours of community service.
    • Third offense could result in fine of up to $1,000, license suspension of 90 days and 200 hours of community service.
    • Fourth offense is a felony, punishable by a fine of up to $3,000 and a one-year license suspension.
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