With the commencement of the new school year, many children will again be traveling back and forth to school daily. With this in mind, the state police, Troop N, Hazleton reminds motorists to drive safely when approaching school bus stops and to obey school bus laws.

Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, Title 75, Section 3345(a), Meeting or Overtaking School Bus, relates that the driver of any vehicle meeting or overtaking a school bus must stop at least 10 feet before reaching the school bus when the red signals on the school bus are flashing and the side stop signal arms are activated. The driver shall not proceed until the flashing red signals are no longer actuated. In no event shall a driver of a vehicle resume motion of the vehicle until the school children who may have alighted from the school bus have reached a place of safety. Also, the driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection at which a school bus is stopped shall stop his vehicle at that intersection until the flashing red lights are no longer actuated.

Exception to the stopping requirement is when the driver of a vehicle upon a highway or traffic way with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus with actuated red signal lights which is on a different roadway.

Please keep our children safe.