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By Captain Cristie Daymude
November 29, 2018

In light of the recent local school bus related accident and tragedies over the nation, MVRS would like to remind everyone of Maryland's school bus traffic laws. We urge everyone to please use extreme caution not only while driving during school hours, but all of the time. Many traffic accidents can be prevented by following traffic safety laws and being attentive to driving. Please see the applicable Maryland State school bus traffic laws.

2017 Maryland Code Transportation

Title 21 - Vehicle Laws -- Rules of the Road
Subtitle 7 - Special Stops Required

§ 21-706. Overtaking and passing school vehicle
Universal Citation: MD Transp Code § 21-706 (2017)

(a) Driver to stop on meeting or overtaking stopped school vehicle -- In general. -- If a school vehicle has stopped on a roadway and is operating the
alternately flashing red lights specified in § 22-228 of this article, the driver of any other vehicle meeting or overtaking the school vehicle shall stop at
least 20 feet from the rear of the school vehicle, if approaching the school vehicle from its rear, or at least 20 feet from the front of the school vehicle, if
approaching the school vehicle from its front.

(b) Driver to stop on meeting or overtaking stopped school vehicle -- When vehicles may proceed. -- If a school vehicle has stopped on a roadway and is
operating the alternately flashing red lights specified in § 22-228 of this article, the driver of any other vehicle meeting or overtaking the school vehicle
may not proceed until the school vehicle resumes motion or the alternately flashing red lights are deactivated.

(c) Exceptions. -- This section does not apply to the driver of a vehicle on a divided highway, if the school vehicle is on a different roadway.

(d) Penalty for violation of section. -- A person convicted of a violation of this section is subject to a fine not exceeding $ 1,000.

Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday season!


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