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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Passing a School Bus With Flashing Red Lights

    This happened today morning . I was at a Stop sign waiting to make a left turn on the road in front of me. A school bus came on the lane opposite to the one I was supposed to make the turn on and it stopped with flashing yellow lights . First, from the front I couldnt even make out it was a school bus, it was white in color (Also I've just started driving in USA and I thought school buses only came in yellow) I made the turn and by the time I was almost parallel to the school bus, I saw that it was flashing red lights and I also saw the writing over it indicating it was a school bus. By that time I had already passed it, so I didnt stop but I panicked. Also as I passed it I heard a beeping sound , not a honk, but a beeping sound which I'm pretty sure was coming from the bus There were no other vehicles in front of me and the car behind me stopped on seeing the bus. Now if the driver makes a note of my license no. how many days before I get it in my mail and will I go to jail ? I am petrified just thinking of it. I know I acted dumb . I am in New Jersey. Please advice

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    Default Re: Passing a School Bus With Flashing Red Lights

    There's no way to guess if you will receive a ticket, let alone when it might arrive.
    Quote Quoting New Jersey Statutes 39:4-128.1. School buses stopped for children; duty of motorists; duty of bus driver; violations; revocation of license
    1. On highways having roadways not divided by safety islands or physical traffic separation installations, the driver of a vehicle approaching or overtaking a bus, which is being used solely for the transportation of children to or from school or a summer day camp or any school connected activity and which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any child, shall stop such vehicle not less than 25 feet from such school bus and keep such vehicle stationary until such child has entered said bus or has alighted and reached the side of such highway and until a flashing red light is no longer exhibited by the bus; provided, such bus is designated as a school bus by one sign on the front and one sign on the rear, with each letter on such signs at least four inches in height.

    On highways having dual or multiple roadways separated by safety islands or physical traffic separation installations, the driver of a vehicle overtaking a school bus, which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any child, shall stop such vehicle not less than 25 feet from such school bus and keep such vehicle stationary until such child has entered said bus or has alighted and reached the side of the highway and until a flashing red light is no longer exhibited by the bus.

    On highways having dual or multiple roadways separated by safety islands or physical traffic separation installations, the driver of a vehicle on another roadway approaching a school bus, which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any child, shall reduce the speed of his vehicle to not more than 10 miles per hour and shall not resume normal speed until the vehicle has passed the bus and has passed any child who may have alighted therefrom or be about to enter said bus.

    For purposes of this section, "highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way whether publicly or privately maintained when any part thereof is open to the public for purposes of vehicular travel.

    Whenever a school bus is parked at the curb for the purpose of receiving children directly from a school or a summer day camp or any school connected activity or discharging children to enter a school, or a summer day camp or any school connected activity, which is located on the same side of the street as that on which the bus is parked, drivers of vehicles shall be permitted to pass said bus without stopping, but at a speed not in excess of 10 miles per hour.

    The driver of a bus which is being used solely for the transportation of children to or from school or a summer day camp or any school connected activity shall continue to exhibit a flashing red light and shall not start his bus until every child who may have alighted therefrom shall have reached a place of safety.

    Any person who shall violate any provision of this act shall be subject to (1) a fine of not less than $100.00, (2) imprisonment for not more than 15 days or community service for 15 days in such form and on such terms as the court shall deem appropriate, (3) or both for the first offense, and a fine not less than $250.00, imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both for each subsequent offense. The penalties shall be enforced and recovered pursuant to the provisions of chapter 5 of Title 39 of the Revised Statutes. There shall be a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle which was involved in the violation of this section was the person who committed the act. Any person who suppresses, by way of concealment or destruction, any evidence of a violation of this section or who suppresses the identity of the violator shall be subject to a fine of $100.

    The Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles may also revoke the license to drive a motor vehicle of any person who shall have been guilty of such willful violation of any of the provisions of this act as shall, in the discretion of the director, justify such revocation, but the director shall, at all times, have power to validate such a license which has been revoked, or to grant a new license to any person whose license to drive a motor vehicle shall have been revoked pursuant to this act.

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    Default Re: Passing a School Bus With Flashing Red Lights

    If I were a betting man (and I am), I would bet you'll never hear a thing about it.

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    Default Re: Passing a School Bus With Flashing Red Lights

    Thank you for the replies aaron and chuckycheese. I too hope I dont hear abt it !

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