The Traffic Stop: Overtaking and Passing Buses

By MPD Executive Officer Mo Hawkinson
January 27, 2016

(STO #81 & 82 and KSA 8-1556 & KSA 8-1556a …find the exact wording

Loose Meaning: The driver of a vehicle meeting/overtaking any stopped school bus from either direction shall also stop before reaching the bus when the flashing red lights are activated for the purpose of receiving or discharging children.

The driver of the meeting/overtaking vehicle shall not drive on until the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red lights and the stop signal arm are no longer activated.

Drivers meeting/overtaking a school bus at a railroad crossing with four-way flashing hazard/amber/yellow lights activated are not required to also stop —unless the driver is behind the bus. They should also observe the same safe following distance and space guidelines as with any semi-truck or vehicle bearing a large load; “IF YOU CANNOT SEE THEIR MIRRORS, THEY CANNOT SEE YOU”.

Recently, the Traffic Section has observed an alarming tendency among McPherson commuters, especially on First Street to push the limits of these ordinances or ignore them altogether. This is a moving violation in McPherson drawing a $180 fine with church and day care buses —and an increased fine amount of $300 with school buses, plus $75.50 in Municipal Court Costs are tacked on for both violations.

More importantly than fines, those flashing lights remind you: a child's life is flashing before your eyes.

“The Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays on the McPherson Police Department's Facebook page to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes “The Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address. Please send your traffic enforcement questions or topic suggestions to McPherson KS Police Department via private message on Facebook.

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