Do You Have Stop For A School Bus on a Divided Road in Minnesota?
The kids are back in school and those big, yellow buses are a common sight these days. But do you have to stop for a school bus when you're on a divided road in Minnesota?
Fines increased here in Minnesota if you drive by a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm out, and a violation can run you up to $500, thanks to a new law that went into effect on August 1st.
So, yeah, ya gotta stop when you see a school bus stopped with its lights on. But what about if you're on a divided road-- one where there's a median between you and the oncoming lane?
Take, for instance, West Circle Drive. There's a lovely green median between the east and westbound lanes. What if you see a bus with its light flashing heading west and you're heading east?
Well, according to this Star-Tribune story, if you're on a divided road, you... DON'T have to stop. "Motorists are not required to stop if they approach or meet a stopped school bus with flashing red lights that is on the opposite side of a separated roadway, and that includes when there is a short gap for things such as turn lanes," the story says, quoting an Eagan police department official.