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Flashing Red, Kids Ahead!! NEW LAW

Posted Date: 11/02/2021

Flashing Red, Kids Ahead!! NEW LAW
We are back in session for the 2021-22 school year!! PLEASE watch for our school busses and STOP when they do!! It’s not only a law, it could save a child’s life!!!

Beginning for the 2021-2022 school year, Arkansas law now requires drivers to stop at least 30 feet behind a stopped school bus. This law applies to drivers in all directions. It applies to roads, streets or highways open to the general public. The driver is not allowed to start up or attempt to pass until the bus is back in motion.

“If [the bus] stop sign is out and their flashing red lights are going, you have to stop before you get to that school bus," Cpl. Johnny Foster, Fayetteville Police Department, explained.
“You have to wait until the stop sign goes back in and the red light stops flashing before you can proceed."

A driver who breaks the law can be found guilty of a misdemeanor. The proscribed punishments are a fine of $250 to $1,000 and/or up to 90 days in jail. “That's something judges are not lenient on," Foster said. "They will give you the maximum punishment."