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The purpose of establishing school bus safety rules is to prevent passengers from sustaining serious or fatal injuries. It is required for drivers surrounding a school bus to drive with extra caution to ensure that the children remain safe and sound when entering or exiting the vehicle. Below, we have created a list of safety tips all drivers should take into consideration when driving near a school bus.
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Safety Tips for Driving Around a School Bus
Drivers must follow a set of safety rules to prevent accidents from happening. This includes the following.
If you notice a bus driver trying to merge into your lane, give them extra space to
go in front of you. Speeding up to pass them is dangerous. Not only are you
putting yourself at risk of an accident, but you are risking the bus driver and
passengers’ lives, as well.
If you are taking prescribed drugs, make sure to speak to your doctor about the effects it could have on you when you are driving your car.
Under California Vehicle Code 42001, consequences for driving infractions are:
Additional fines and penalties a driver could face when violating the rules of the road include:
California Vehicle Code 22348. Any driver who is on the road at a speed greater than 100 miles per hour will be charged with a fine of up to $500 and a 30-day license suspension. If the second offense occurs within three years of the prior offense, the driver will face a fine of up to $750 and a 6-month license suspension. If a driver commits a third offense within five years of two or more prior offenses, then they will be given a fine of up to $1,000 and a one-year license suspension.
California Vehicle Code 23123.5. Those who are holding or using an electronic device while operating a vehicle will face charges for violating the rules of the road. A first offense is a $20 fine and every other offense following after will be a $50 fine.
California Vehicle Code 27315. No individual is allowed to operate a vehicle until they have their seat belts on. First offenders who violate this law will receive a fine of $20. Second and subsequent offenses will be given a $50 fine.
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