Maryland Blogger: Know the Laws Regarding a Stopped School Bus

Know the Laws Regarding a Stopped School Bus

Be prepared to stop for school buses

As Montgomery County Public School students return to school on Tuesday, MCP wants to remind residents to be prepared for heavier traffic and allow extra time for your commute. Remember to stop for stopped school buses when necessary and required by law. Be extra careful as the days are getting shorter and children are walking to bus stops and schools. Parents, please discuss with your children the importance of safety when walking to school or their bus stop. We hope that everyone has a successful school year!

Know The Law –  Stopped school buses with activated flashing red lights and stop arms:

When a driver passes a stopped school bus with red flashing lights, it is often because he/she is either uninformed with regard to the requirements of the law, is impatient, or is distracted.

When approaching a stopped school bus with activated flashing red lights, Maryland law requires that motorists traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop and remain stopped until the stop sign and lights are deactivated.  The law also requires that motorists approaching the bus from the opposite direction must stop if there is no physical barrier, such as a median.  Remember: “Paint (the line markings on the roadway) does not protect (children crossing the street).”

Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program:

Cameras that have the ability to record vehicles that pass stopped school buses with activated flashing red lights are placed on the the outside of school buses.  Violations captured by these cameras are reviewed by the police department’s Automated Traffic Enforcement Unit and citations are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

The Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program’s pilot program began in January 2014 with 25 cameras placed on the outside of school buses.  In October 2016, 200 cameras were installed on school buses and the Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program was fully implemented.

Currently, 500 Montgomery County Public School buses are equipped with an exterior camera to capture violators who pass the bus illegally when it is stopped.  The goal is that an additional 400 buses will be equipped with cameras by the end of October (2018).  When this goal is accomplished, 900 school buses in a fleet of approximately 1,380 buses will have cameras.

  • During the 2017/2018 school year (September 5, 2017 to August 15, 2018), 34,778 civil citations were issued to those who passed a school bus and were captured on a school bus camera.
  • Approximately 51,000 persons have been issued civil citations as a part of the Automated School Bus Camera Safety Enforcement Program since the program began in October of 2016.
  • Approximately 2,000 vehicles were found to have passed the school buses on multiple occasions.



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Comment balloon 12 commentsRoy Kelley • September 03 2018 06:20PM


Fines in Minnesota have gone up a lot to try and ensure safety

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 15 days ago

William Feela 

The cameras on the school buses are very effective for ticketing careless drivers.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 15 days ago


Yup, we know those laws well.  Luckily, we managed to not meet many schoolbuses during our day.  Many kids here are chauffered by their parents.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 15 days ago

Roy, this is an excellent post. It makes my blood boil when I see someone not following the laws on buses. The drivers are always quick to get tag numbers but, it just plain shouldn't happen at all.

Posted by Amanda S. Davidson, Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale (Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group) 15 days ago

Thank you very much for your comments. Please be a careful driver.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 14 days ago

Hello Roy --- as many children return to school, your post serves as a good reminder for every one.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 14 days ago

Great reminder, Roy.  Especially for those four-lane highways that don't have a divider.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 14 days ago

A great reminder Roy, most NH schools start tomorrow but a good deal did start today and i was appalled seeing someone pass a school bus this morning with its red lights flashing

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 14 days ago

HI Roy Kelley - This is a good reminder for those who may not know the laws. All too often, I see many who ignore the law, (or don't understand it) and this puts all school children at risk. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 14 days ago

Exceptional post, Roy Kelley ... and so needed!  Protecting our children is vitally important.  Your post helps us keep them safe ...



Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) 13 days ago

We all need to be aware of the driving rules around school buses. Thanks for sharing, Roy.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 13 days ago

Your feedback is always welcome and is very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 8 days ago