Provided by LCSO
The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers of their responsibility to stop for school buses displaying red flashing lights. Because buses are large vehicles, the level of difficulty to see around increases. The outcome of illegally passing a stopped school bus is potentially devastating for children and drivers.
Law enforcement agencies continue to receive reports of motorists failing to stop for school buses from bus drivers and other citizens each year. With nearly 6,000 school buses operating in the State of Oregon, motorists need to be alert.
Oregon law requires motorists to stop whenever the red lights on a school bus are flashing regardless of the direction you are traveling. The law applies to any roadway with two or more lanes of traffic, including multi-lane highways such as Highway 101.
The only exception to the law is for divided highways with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, such as in the Lincoln and Gleneden Beach areas. In this case, only drivers on the same side of the road as the bus must stop. A painted median strip or a center lane used only for left turns does not create two separate lanes. Where this situation exists, all lanes of traffic must stop.
When a bus is flashing amber lights, motorists should prepare to stop. When the red lights begin to flash, motorists traveling in both directions must stop before reaching the bus and must remain stopped until the red lights are turned off. The same rules apply to church or worker buses equipped with amber and red flashing lights.
Please do your part to make our roads safe. Be aware when following any type of bus, it may be making frequent stops. Following these tips will help reduce the risk of traffic crashes and pedestrian injuries in our community.
For more tips and information, please visit the LCSO website at www.lincolncountysheriff.net or visit us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.