This new law changes how drivers approach stopped school buses in the State of Georgia. Previously, drivers traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus on a four-lane road with a turn lane in the middle had to stop. Now, those drivers aren’t required to stop. On two-lane roads, traffic in each direction still has to stop.
“With school starting and Georgia law changing, it is important that we remain focused on keeping Georgia’s children safe on and around school busses,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We urge all motorists in Georgia to make good choices and proceed with the extreme caution when near school busses and stops as well as school safety zones.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports passing stopped buses continues to be a significant problem. Last year, 12,229 Georgia bus drivers reported 7,945 illegal passes on one day, a survey found.
If you’re looking for more resources, you can find here an in-depth school bus safety brochure, authored by the DOE