It's hard to believe, but summer is fading quickly and school is right around the corner. The start of school is accompanied by the presence of those big yellow buses. Each year, the Colorado State Patrol receives dozens of complaints from school bus drivers and concerned citizens regarding motorists who ignore the flashing lights of a school bus as they load or discharge children. These complaints are alarming to law enforcement and the public alike. As such, they are taken very seriously and every attempt is made to seek out and issue hefty penalties against the violators.
Colorado Revised Statute 42-4-1903 states, "The driver of a motor vehicle upon any highway, road, or street, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction a school bus shall stop the vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching the school bus if visual signal lights have been actuated on the school bus." This does not apply to vehicles traveling in the opposite direction on a highway separated by a depressed, raised or painted median. The violation does not have to be witnessed by a law enforcement officer, and a summons can be issued based solely on the information provided by a school bus driver. A violation of this statute is a class 2 traffic misdemeanor and an automatic appearance in court. Pay attention, be patient, and remember those buses are carrying our future!
The Colorado State Patrol thanks you for staying safe as the school year kicks off.