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Be aware of school buses, follow rules of road

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opinion Fargo, 58102
Fargo North Dakota 101 5th Street North 58102

-The fee for passing a school bus is $100.00

-There is also 6 points that are accessed to your driving record. If you are an individual under the age of 18 you are only allowed 6 total points and will lose your license. Drivers over 18 years old can have a total of 12 point before they lose their license.

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With school approaching, school buses will once again be out in full force on the roadways transporting students. It's important to know what motorist responsibility is regarding school buses. City ordinance outlines the rules and regulations involved. The fine for passing a school bus is $100 and six points are assessed to your driving record. If you are an individual under the age of 18, you are only allowed six points and will lose your license. Drivers over 18 years of age have a total of 12 points before they lose their license.

The ordinance written into North Dakota law states:

39-10-46. Overtaking and passing school bus.

1. The driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop the vehicle before reaching the school bus when there is in operation on the schoolbus the flashing red lights or the stop sign on the control arm specified in section 39-21-18, and the driver may not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, the driver is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed, or the flashing red lights and the stop sign on the control arm are no longer actuated.

2. Every school bus must bear upon the front and rear thereof plainly visible signs containing the word "School Bus" in letters not less than eight inches [20.32 centimeters] in height. When a schoolbus is being operated upon a highway for purposes other than the actual transportation of children either to or from school or for a school-sanctioned activity, all markings thereon indicating "School Bus" must be covered or concealed.

3. The operator of a school bus equipped with amber caution lights may activate those lights at a distance of not less than three hundred feet [91.44 meters] nor more than five hundred feet [152.4 meters] from the point where schoolchildren are to be received or discharged from the bus.

4. Every school bus must be equipped with a stop sign on a control arm and red visual signals meeting the requirements of section 39-21-18, which may only be actuated Page No. 16 by the driver of the school bus whenever the vehicle is stopped on the highway to receive or discharge schoolchildren.

5. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway or when upon a controlled-access highway and the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

6. Every school bus must bear on the rear of the bus a plainly visible sign containing the words "This School Bus Stop at All Railroad Crossings."

13-1016. OVERTAKING AND PASSING OF SCHOOL BUS.

1. The driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on said school bus the, flashing red lights specified in Section 39-21-18, North Dakota Cent. Code, and said driver shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or he is signaled by the school bus driver to proceed or the flashing red lights are no longer actuated.

2. Every school bus shall bear upon the front and rear thereof plainly visible signs containing the word "SCHOOL BUS" in letters not less than eight inches [20.32 centimeters] in height. When a school bus is being operated upon a highway for purposes other than the actual transportation of children either to or from school or for a school sanctioned activity, all markings thereon indicating "SCHOOL BUS" shall be covered or concealed.

3. The operator of a school bus equipped with amber caution lights may activate those lights at a distance of not less than three hundred feet [91.44 meters] nor more than five hundred feet [152.4 meters] from the point where school children are to be received or discharged from the bus

4. Every school bus shall be equipped with red visual signals meeting the requirements of Section 39-21-18, North Dakota Cent. Code, which may be actuated by the driver of said school bus whenever, but only whenever, 13-10-4 such vehicle is stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children. A school bus driver shall not actuate said special visual signals:

a. On city streets on which the receiving or discharging of school children is prohibited by ordinance;

b. At intersections or other places where traffic is controlled by traffic-control signals of police officers; or

c. In designated school bus loading areas where the bus is entirely off the roadway.

5. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway or when upon a controlled-access highway and the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

6. Every school bus must bear on the rear of the bus a plainly visible sign containing the words "THIS SCHOOL BUS STOPS AT ALL RAILROAD CROSSINGS".

(Source: North Dakota Cent. Code § 39-10-46)

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