Meeting or Overtaking School Bus
Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus, commonly referred to as “Passing a School Bus” is one of the most serious traffic offenses in Pennsylvania with convictions resulting in a $250 fines plus court costs, 5 points and a mandatory 6 month license suspension. Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus requires a driver to stop at least ten feet prior to the school bus when the red signals are activated and the side "stop" signal arm is extended. It applies to situations when the school bus is in the same lane as the driver and is overtaken or passed and also when the school bus is located on the opposite side of the roadway with its red lights on and is passed. It does not apply when the bus is located on the opposite side of the roadway where there is an island, grassy median or some other “barrier” between the motorist and the bus.
“Meeting” a School Bus also applies when a school bus is at an intersection and is “met” by traffic on a cross street. Even though the school bus is not directly in front of you and is located on a side street, the driver is still required to stop if the red signals are activated. This scenario commonly occurs at a stop sign where the school bus is picking up students on the side street. I have even had clients cited under the “Meeting a School Bus” language for proceeding through the stop sign and making a turn away from the bus. This scenario is best illustrated in the below diagram.
Violations for Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus is unusual in that it is the only traffic violation that permits a non-police officer to initiate charges against a motorist. In these situations, the motorist is not actually pulled over by the police officer, but rather, the charges are filed by the bus driver with the local police department and the driver is mailed a citation for Passing a School Bus. Within 48 hours of the offense, the school bus driver is required to submit a report to the police indicating the license plate, color and make of the vehicle, any identifying characteristics of the driver and the time and location of the incident. If a police officer believes that the report supplies enough information to warrant charges, then the police can file the citation with the District Court and the driver is then mailed the citation.
Additionally, many of the newer school buses are equipped with front and rear facing cameras, so a violation of this law could possibly be on video.
If you have been cited with Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus, you should immediately plead not guilty and go to court. Call the experienced attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates for a free consultation. Our lawyers have handled thousands of traffic violations over the past 25+ years in practice. Call now for a Free Consultation and we would be happy to discuss your options with you and answer your questions.Meeting or Overtaking School Bus Former Client Reviews
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Posted by Dustin
I received a traffic violation for passing a school bus in which I was facing a 6-month suspension of my license along with 5 points against my driving record. After contacting Mr. Klein he assured me that he would do everything in his power to try and remove the suspension and hopefully reduce some of the points. My hearing was today and I’m very pleased to say that we went to trial and I was found not guilty by the judge. Not only do I get to keep my license I also will not be receiving any points against my record. Mr. Klein helped me out of a potential life-altering situation and I can’t thank him enough. He and his office were very easy to work with. He even returned my phone call on a weekend during his child’s sporting event. Now that’s dedication. He is by all accounts quite the professional and very good at what he does. I would highly recommend Mr. Klein to anyone.
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Posted by Beth
I received in the mail a traffic citation for passing a school bus that was issued to me by mistake. I emailed Mr. Klein and he responded quickly with a phone call to me. He was considerate, easy to talk with, and listened to my questions. He was able to contact the Officer who issued the citation and provide the correct paperwork and proof necessary to dismiss the citation and have it withdrawn from court. This problem was resolved quickly which helped to alleviate the distress I was feeling by being falsely charged with a serious traffic violation. I am grateful to Mr. Klein for his prompt and professional help.
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Posted by Nora
I used Ellis as my lawyer for a passing a school bus violation that I had received. Not knowing, I initially pled guilty and the violation came with a loss of license for two months. Ellis was very upfront with me about my chances of appealing this charge to the higher court. He made my case very personal with the DA and because of his close relationships was able to get the violation reduced so I did not lose my license. I cannot say enough about how grateful I am that I retained Ellis B. Klein. He was compassionate and kept me informed as he was working with the police and the DA. His former experience as a prosecutor and the relationships he has with many in the court system helped me tremendously. I would recommend him to anyone needing assistance with a traffic related offense.