North Carolina Schools in Session; Highway Patrol Reminding Drivers to Use Caution
NORTH CAROLINA – According to a news report posted at obxtoday.com, schools in the state of North Carolina are back in session, and North Carolina State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to use caution. School buses on the road, active school zones, and kids walking to and from school are things drivers should stay alert to while driving during the school year.*
With schools starting classes, this means that more than 14,000 school buses will be on the roadways, taking close to 800,000 kids to school and back home. Troopers want drivers to know that they will be patrolling school zones and cracking down on traffic violations. Troopers are planning on riding on school buses to keep an even closer eye on motorists’ behavior around buses.
The start of the school year is an important time for drivers to know when they can and cannot pass a stopped school bus. Below is a refresher on the laws regarding stopped school buses in North Carolina.
Two-Lane Road – People approaching a stopped school bus in all directions must stop on a two-lane road.
Two-Lane Road with a Center Turn Lane – People approaching a stopped school bus in all directions must stop on a two-lane road with a center turn lane.
Four-Lane Road with No Median – People approaching a stopped school bus in all directions must stop on a four-lane road with no median.
Four-Lane Highway with a Median – People approaching a stopped school bus in the opposite direction can proceed with caution on a four-lane highway with a median. People approaching in the same direction must stop.
Four-Lane Road with a Center Turn Lane – People approaching a stopped school bus in the opposite direction can proceed with caution on a four-lane road with a center turn lane. People approaching in the same direction must stop.
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