My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Oregon.
I had just come off a graveyard going South on Pacific Blvd in Albany, OR going 40 mph. I saw a school bus on the right who had just finished unloading children and had turned off their lights. At this point I was close to 100 feet behind the bus as it started to move forward again. It begins to slow down after driving 10 feet in which I am 20 feet behind the vehicle still going 40 mph when the amber lights come on. There is no physical way for me to stop or slow down for this bus so I take my foot off the gas and began slowing down. I am 6 feet behind the bus going 30 mph when the red lights come on and I get pulled over and given a 460 dollar ticket for failing to stop for a school bus. Not really sure what I could have done in this instance that would have allowed me to stop in time for the bus.
I read all the statutes so far and it doesn't seem like there is any leeway on this ticket but I just want to get a little bit more information on this ticket before I go to my court date in a couple of days.
I've read every other School bus passing post on this website and I recognize the dangers and I know full and well why the law is in place. I just need some legal opinions on the circumstances.