Georgia drivers must now stop for stopped school buses carrying students across the state.
Senate Bill 25, which went into effect Feb. 18, clarifies the rules for motorists, and protects students getting on and off school buses. The new law, which was the first signed by new Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on Feb. 25, requires drivers traveling in both directions on two-lane roads, and roads with a center turn lane to stop for school buses with their stop-arm extended and red lights activated.
Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus on a road that is separated by a concrete, grass or dirt median do not have to stop, but drivers should exercise caution while driving in this area.
Failure to obey the law include a court appearance, a fine up to $1,000, and six points on a driving record.
Drivers under the age of 21, caught in a "stop arm violation," also face license suspension.
Senate Bill 25, also lays out the duty of motorists when meeting or overtaking school bus, reporting of violations, and civil monetary penalty for violations captured by school bus camera.
For more information, visit www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20192020/SB/25