School bus stop sign means ‘stop’

Jessie (left) and Hannah (right) James step onto the bus.


WHEATLAND – Are you familiar with the Wyoming State Law for passing a school bus with red lights flashing and the stop sign out? Platte County School District No. 1 transportation department would like to remind all motorist that school is now back in session and passing a school bus while the red flashing lights and stop sign are out is against the law.
According to State Law, you must come to a complete stop behind a school bus, and approaching a school bus. You must also come to a complete stop if you are traveling on the opposite side of the road if traveling on an interstate or highway if there is no median in the road.  If there is a border, or a median distinguishing a break in asphalt (such as a flower or tree planter, steal ropes, or a concrete barrier), then you do not have to come to a complete stop.
“A few seconds mistake could cost a student their life and you the rest of your life” said Jerry Bowman, Transportation Director.
All PCSD No.1 school buses are now equipped with cameras. These cameras capture inside and outside of the bus, and can be used as evidence in a court of law.  
“There have been many close calls with endangering students’ life’s from boarding the bus or walking across the road to get on the bus. PCSD No.1 has a zero tolerance for this blatant disregard for student’s safety. If you pass a school bus with its red flashing lights, expect a $435 ticket and it is considered a high misdemeanor charge. “Please do not risk it,” said Bowman.
 If you have any questions regarding bus safety, please contact Jerry Bowman at 3(07) 322-3646.

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