Aug 30

Back to School Driving Laws

Back to SchoolWith school starting up, we all know how it can take a little extra time in the mornings to get to work due to school zones and those big yellow buses. But do you know what it would cost if you were to try to avoid the laws put in place to keep those school children safe?

Imagine driving along, you’re late for work and that school bus in front of you turns its hazard lights on and puts that stop sign out. You now have one of two choices: you can stop and wait patiently even though you’re already running late, or you could pass the school bus and hope not to get caught. If we were you, we’d pick the first one.

If you decide to pass the bus and get caught (it’s illegal to pass a school bus in all 50 states), you could face any or all of the following punishments:

  •  Fine up to $400
  • Up to 30 days in jail
  • $80-$85 surcharge
  • Five points added to your driver’s license

Can you imagine having to call to tell your boss you’re headed to jail because you passed a school bus instead of walking in a few minutes late? Now what about the school zones? We know it might be a bit of a hassle to slow down from (typically) 35 mph to 20 mph, but it’s all for the safety of the children.

You could face up to six points to your license, fines up to $1,000, a year with a suspended license and up to six months in jail. Again, to us it doesn’t seem worth the risk.

Make sure you’re following the laws this school year and keeping the children as safe as possible when you’re driving through their territory.

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