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A closer look at school bus traffic laws

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Drivers need to keep an eye out for school buses, especially when they're stop sign arms are out. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina) Drivers need to keep an eye out for school buses, especially when they're stop sign arms are out. (Aug. 23, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many drivers hate to get behind a school bus and many don't know what they're supposed to do when a bus stops.

It was an issue brought to light by FOX Carolina viewers, and it's a problem that is an even bigger concern as autumn approaches. FOX Carolina set out to answer those questions surrounding school buses, school bus traffic laws, where to stop, when to stop and when to go.

"Most of the time, they're coming out of the side roads trying to beat the school bus. Nobody wants to be behind a school bus," bus driver Louise King said.

King has been driving a school bus for 20 years, and in the time she's worked, she said she's had close calls,  "where people just weren't paying attention or were just in a hurry and didn't see a bus stop or the stop arm out, especially if we're coming south and they're coming north. They're just not paying attention."

Riding a school bus is a rite of passage for many students, but it can also be a big hassle for anyone else driving on the road.

And troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol told FOX Carolina that there's even confusion among drivers about what's right and what's wrong on the state's roads.

"Every year we deal with the same things. We get a lot of complaints through the school district from people who are failing to stop signs at the school buses," said South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Bill Rhyne. "And then we get a lot of complaints from people who think they're supposed to stop in some places, when they're not."

In South Carolina:

  • On two-lane roads, all drivers in all directions have to stop. This includes two lanes that have a median.
  • On four-lane and multi-lane roads and highways, the only drivers required to stop are the ones going in the same direction as the bus.

In North Carolina:

  • On two-lane roads, all drivers in all directions have to stop. This includes two lanes that have a median.
  • On four-lane and multi-lane roads without a median, all traffic must stop. If there is a median, the only drivers required to stop are the ones going in the same direction as the bus.

And King reminds all drivers to pay attention on all roads, especially in school zones. Troopers said if a driver passes a school bus with its stop sign out, he or she will get a 6-point penalty and could face more than $1,000 in fines.

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