North Carolina Rules on Stopping for a School Bus



    1. On a two lane road;

    2. On a two lane road with a center turn lane; and

    3. On a four lane road without a median.



    1. Divided highway with 4 lanes or more with median separation; and

    2. Roadway of four lanes or more with center turning lane.


    To summarize, if you are on a two lane road and a bus puts on its blinking red lights and puts out the stop sign, STOP. It doesn’t matter what side of traffic you are on, you have to stop. If you are on a four lane road, and you are behind the bus, you have to stop regardless of whether there is a median or turn lane when the bus puts on the flashing lights and puts out its stop sign. However, you only stop on a four lane road in the opposite direction of the bus if there is no median or turn lane.


    If you are more of a visual learner, these pictures with the rules may help you to remember. To learn more about school bus safety and rules, you can visit the North Carolina School Bus Safety Website.


    Here are examples for when traffic in both directions MUST stop when a school bus stops for passengers:


    Two-lane roadwayTwo-lane roadway with a center turning lane
    Four-lane roadway without a median separation


    And here are examples for when only traffic following the bus must stop when a school bus stops for passengers:


    Divided highway of four lanesRoadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane


    Unfortunately, despite the harsh rules for offenders who do not stop for school buses, accidents still happen. It is important that parents and teachers remind students to use caution at school bus stops. Just because a car is supposed to stop for passengers does not mean that it will. It is also helpful to put children in clothes that can be seen especially if they are out before the sun comes up. And motorist, please SLOW DOWN. Anytime you see a school bus, particularly if it is stopped, there are children around. It takes just a few extra seconds to make sure those kids make it to school and back home safely. Familiarize yourself with the rules and know when to stop. Also pay particular attention in school zones and slow down to the maximum posted speed. Slowing down and staying alert when school buses are around and in school zones saves lives and prevents avoidable injuries.


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