SB 25 reverses last year’s House Bill (HB) 978, which allowed oncoming traffic to continue on a four-lane divided highway if there was a painted turn lane dividing the road. With the new law, all traffic approaching a stopped school bus on a divided highway - whether from behind or from the opposite direction - must stop, unless the highway is separated by a barrier or a grass median.
The new law goes into effect immediately.
Penalties for failure to obey the law can include a court appearance, a fine up to $1,000 and six points on a driving record. For drivers under the age of 21 caught in a 'stop arm violation', the penalty includes a license suspension.
“This is a positive change that will help keep our students safe as they are transported to and from school. I thank Gov. Kemp and the lawmakers for their swift action,” said Ware County Schools Director of Transportation Joe Meadows.