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Posted on: October 3, 2019

WHEN TO STOP FOR A SCHOOL BUS

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DeFuniak Springs Police recently received complaints that motorists were running school bus stop signs on U.S. Highway 90.  According to Florida law, motorists must stop for school buses when they are stopped with stop lights flashing.  On a two lane roadway, both sides must stop.  On a 4 lane roadway, the law is somewhat more complex.  According to Florida State Statute 316.172(2) “The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier is not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus which is stopped in accordance with the provisions of this section.”  Basically, many places along U.S. Highway 331 South would qualify with the requirements of this provision and drivers would not be required to stop if traveling the opposite direction (provided the area has at least a 5 foot area of unpaved median).  Most of U.S. Highway 90 within the City of DeFuniak Springs DOES NOT MEET this requirement, as there is no unpaved median or barrier.  Drivers are required to stop, even if they are traveling the opposite direction when school buses have stop lights flashing.  “We care about our kids,” said Chief James Hurley.  “We want the public to know what to do around school buses so that our kids are safe.”

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