As of Jan. 1 2021, penalties will be doubled for illegally passing a school bus. The legislation came after several high-profile accidents with fatalities or seriously injured children caused by vehicles passing school buses while students were getting off the buses.
Under the new law, the penalty for failure to stop for a school bus increases from a minimum $100 to $200, according to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department. If a second offense is committed in five years, the person’s license will be suspended for up to 1 year.
Additionally, the penalty for passing a school bus on the side that children enter and exit when the school bus displays a stop signal increases from a minimum of $200 to $400. If a second offense is committed in five years, the person’s license can be suspended up to two years.
We urge everyone to be extra cautious while passing school buses. As outlined above, the result could be a hefty fine that’s double the amount for the same offense in 2020. A second offense could turn into a bigger nightmare – a suspended license. It’s really not worth the risk.
When Do You Have To Stop?
Some motorists might be unsure about when to stop for a school bus. For the most part, drivers must stop on BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD when a bus is stopped and unloading. The bus will have it’s sign and lights activated. The only exception is if the road has an UNPAVED DIVIDER. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has created this handy graphic below.
Need Help From A Traffic Ticket Lawyer?
While we really hope you slow down and stay alert near buses and never get pulled over for this offense, our attorneys are always on standby to help with any type of traffic citation. Call 1-800-CITATION for a free consultation.
"I don't know how I can even say how greatful I am for the great work you did winning my case. So, all I can say is Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!, Thank you!, Thank you!!" Thomas J. - "I just wanted to say thank you! Your firm not only got all my daughters charges dismissed, but there were no court costs or even driving school! She had definitely gotten herself into some trouble and I cannot believe the outcome was this good!! Thank you again! I will recommend you to anyone that asks. I don't know if there are any website for reviews on law firms, but if there is let me know so I can say how excellent your firm is." Yelp User - "Wish I could rate them 10 stars..took care of ticket,cheaper than what the ticket would had cost, no points, no school, I am blown away, fantastic job done by these guys at a very reasonable price, sorry I can't give details because I am ashamed of my stupidity, luckily I learned my lesson and it was only a trap." Roberto C. - "I will use you time and time agian. Have recommended you to several family members and friends thank you so much I am very very happy with the outcome but I don't plan on getting any more tickets! Again thank you Ticket Clinic." Lisette R. - "They are just the best... From the people answering the phone (yes actual well spoken and courteous people) to the assistant that attended me when I visit their offices at South Dixie Highway and 22nd." Jamie C. - "The convenience is my favorite part! Entered my ticket online and paid. My ticket was $200+ ..They went to court for me and my ticket was dismissed. Emailed me confirming everything was taken care of and that was that! I do believe this is a case by case basis. I have a very good driving record so I'm happy I didn't have to waste my time with this. Highly recommend!" Kathy V. - "I just called them on the phone. I provided the information regarding my ticket which I felt was not my fault in an accident I was involved in. They took care of it and I didn't have to show up to court. No points, no ticket. Well worth what they charged me." George A. - "I was pleased to receive your letter of February 21, 2017 advising me that all charges against me were dismissed by the Court. I am very pleased how the Ticket Clinic handled my case. I definitely will recommend the Ticket Clinic to friends and neighbors should they be issued a traffic ticket. Many thanks again for solving my problem." Wolfgang H. - "In a world where people always seem to want to register complaints, I thought I would take a moment and register my extreme satisfaction with your company and especially for Miss T! She is extremely helpful, courteous, and knowledgeable and she is a pleasure to do business with!" Jeff M. - "Great Job!!!!! Keep up the great work.We are extremely impressed with your performance. :)" Lionel O. - "I wanted to thank you and your firm for the great job you did with my case. I'm extremely grateful that your firm worked so hard on my case to get it dismissed. I will definitely write an awesome REVIEW for the phenomenal work your firm did!!!" Elizabeth B. -