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Should drivers stop or pass buses if yellow lights flashing?

What should motorists do when a school bus has yellow flashing lights?

Even though the school year is almost over, it’s a question that’s surprisingly common.

News10NBC recently ran a feature after readers inquired about it.

Moreover, can a vehicle pass a school bus if it has yellow flashing lights? How should the motorist treat it?

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Turns out, the law is pretty clear on this front.

If the school bus has red flashing lights and the stop arm out- motorists in both directions must stop.

If the yellow lights are flashing then it means to slow down, and prepare to stop 20 feet before the bus.

Elaborating on the scenario outlined by curious readers- motorists are not breaking the law if they pass a bus with yellow flashing lights. Police confirmed to News10NBC that it’s a caution symbol, and again, that motorists should prepare to stop if yellow lights are flashing.



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