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TPD reminds residents of school bus laws as back to school nears

Posted at 5:19 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 17:19:27-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With school in most Florida counties starting next week remember to watch out for school buses.

The Tallahassee Police Department suggests adding an extra 10 to 15 minutes to your morning commute and make sure you're following all of the school bus laws.

It can be tempting to try to pass the bus as the stop-arm comes out, but TPD says make sure you're stopping.

If you're on a two-lane road or on a highway without a median, you're required to stop.

If you're on a divided highway, you only have to stop if you're traveling in the same direction as the bus.

"It's very important parents inspect your loved ones when they drop them off at a school bus stop to come back safely," said TPD Officer Damon Miller. "We don't ever want to show up and give that phone call that their loved one has been injured. If you see the stop sign out from the bus, please stop."

Remember fines for passing school buses can get hefty and speeding in a school zone can cost you anywhere from $163 to $613.