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July 05, 2012  |   Comments (4)   |   Post a comment

Mich. removes exception to school bus stop law

By Thomas McMahon


LANSING, Mich. — Motorists in Michigan are now clearly prohibited from passing school buses in any case when they are loading or unloading students, under a bill passed last week.

The state vehicle code previously allowed cars to pass stopped school buses at less than 10 mph and "with due caution" at intersections controlled by a traffic signal or an officer. The new legislation removed that exception.

"The safety of our students always comes first, and this will eliminate any confusion as to when it is and is not OK to pass a parked school bus," Gov. Rick Snyder said in signing the legislation, which went into effect immediately.

The school bus stop law exception was highlighted in a column in The Grand Rapids Press last fall.

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In 1987, RI made it illegal for a school bus to have a pickup/drop-off at any intersection where the movement of any traffic was controlled by some traffic devise - stop sign, traffic light, yeild sign, etc. This eliminated any confusion - when the bus lights are on "all" traffic stops! Hasn't made much of dent in "bus light running", but no confusion as to what's supposed to happen.

Bill P.    |    Jul 09, 2012 02:14 PM

I hope it is worded clearly so that when a bus has the hazard lights on at a bus stop, the public knows they can go around using caution.

Sue P.    |    Jul 09, 2012 05:18 AM

It is amazing that motorist would risk the safety of children to save a few extra seconds off of their drive by passing a school bus with the red lights activated. I am happy to see the Michigan remove the exception and now let's enforce it to the fullest.

Ron Smith    |    Jul 06, 2012 04:40 AM

Good Move

Rickey Herring    |    Jul 06, 2012 04:40 AM

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