i recently got a citation for passing a school bus while it was stopped. i have never had any tickets or violations. When i was turning onto my two lane street to get home i encountered a school bus coming from the opposite direction. Its amber [yellow] lights came on as i was going past it. as i got half way past the bus, the red lights and stop sign came out, but as i was already almost by the bus i kept going.[the bus driver honked] From when i saw this bus i slowed down and went slower than the speed limit to be cautious. but the red lights didnt come on while i was in front of the bus. i got out my old drivers manual and found that it said "When a school bus driver is preparing to stop the bus, he or she activates four amber lights - two on the front and two on the rear of the bus. thesse lights continue to flash until the bus is fully stopped. other vehicles are not required to stop during this preliminary stag or the eight- light warning but should prepare to stop as soon as the bus comes to afull stop.When the bus comes to a complete stop the amber lights stop flashing and four red lights- two front and back- start flashing while the children leave,or enter the bus"...etc
since i started going by th bus in the preliminary amber stage i find that im not guilty :/ is that correct?
As i have never had to go to traffic court [im a minor] i am not sure how to present this. What if the bus driver lies about the incident? what will my fine etc. be? Is there anything i need to be careful about in court?
also I am driving with an out of state license as we just moved to ohio I arrived in ohio august 6th but can not take my test to get an in state license until my drivers education form is sent [they are having difficulty finding/sending it to us] will this be a problem? the officer issuing my citation seemed to see no problem with it.
hopefully this will make sense.
help and advice would be greatly appreciated!