New law clarifies stopping for buses

Operation Stop Arm Poster 2-15-19 depicts requirements for drivers

The ‘Operation Stop Arm’ depicts requirements for drivers

State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced a change in Georgia law Friday, one drivers need to heed.

“I have been concerned about our students’ safety since House Bill 978, which addressed passing a stopped school bus on a highway divided by a turn lane, was signed into law last year,” Superintendent Woods said.

An attorney general’s opinion interpreted HB 978 to mean that drivers on a road with a painted median did not need to stop, but questions were raised quickly about the issue and action has now been taken to address those questions.

“Today (Feb. 15, 2019), Senate Bill 25 was signed.

“It reverses the change and takes effect immediately – it is once again clear that in Georgia it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus unless on a highway divided by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier.

“I commend Governor Kemp and our legislators, including Senator Heath and Representative Ehrhart, for acting swiftly in the interest of students’ safety. I can rest a little easier tonight, and I believe that’s true for our school transportation directors and parents as well.”

The “Operation Stop Arm” poster depicts requirements for drivers. Click here for a copy you can download and/or print.