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VA Car Accident Injury Lawyers, Do You Know Traffic Laws for School Zones?

VA bus accident injury attorneysSchool will be back in session in only a short while.  Those familiar roads that you drive every day may soon have flashing yellow lights and if you don’t notice them you may be in for a large fine.  Base penalties for passing a stopped school bus include a $250 fine, but the violation is considered reckless driving and could be subject to additional penalties as a Class 1 misdemeanor.  Aside from a fine you may injure or even kill a child if you aren't obeying school zone warnings.  More school-aged children from 6 to 7 a.m., 7 to 8 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day, according to a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

As Virginia car accident injury attorneys we want to make sure drivers know that traffic heading in both directions must stop for a school bus with its stop arm in use. The only exception is offered to vehicles heading in the opposite direction with a median separating traffic.  All motorists should be prepared for unexpected actions by children approaching or exiting a school bus, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

The DMV suggests stopping distances that motorists should consider when approaching a school bus.  Drivers heading in both directions must stop for a school bus with its stop arm in use. The only exception is offered to vehicles heading in the opposite direction with a median separating traffic.  All motorists should be prepared for unexpected actions by children approaching or exiting a school bus, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Richard N. Shapiro
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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