Georgia Again Changes Law on Passing School Buses
GEORGIA – According to an online news report posted by valdostatoday.com, Georgia has again changed its law regarding passing school buses on roadways in the state. Last year, lawmakers passed a bill that was intended to clarify the law on passing buses, but this ended up causing quite a bit of confusion.*
The new law on passing school buses takes things back in time, as if the law was never changed in July 2018. A series of accidents happened at or near school bus stops in Georgia and around the country in the finals months of 2018, and some people believed the confusing law was to blame for the accidents in Georgia.
The law that changed in July 2018 was supposed to reduce confusion about passing school buses, but it had the opposite effect. Senate Bill 25 has now been passed, which is titled “Change in Passing a Stopped School Bus.” The law reads as follows:
“The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways, that are separated by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on the separate roadway or upon a controlled access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.”
Lawmakers, law enforcement officers, and school officials in the state are hoping the change back to the old law will help drivers understand when they do and do not need to stop while school buses are loading or unloading.
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