The Bradley Police have been conducting extra patrols in response to School Bus Stop Arm Violation Complaints on Cardinal Drive before and after school. Motorists appear to be confused about the law as it pertains to three-lanes roadways. In brief: All traffic traveling in the same direction of a school bus must stop for the Stop Arm. Traffic moving in the opposite direction should yield, but not stop, on roadways with at least Four-lanes.
Passing a School Bus In Illinois, the law for Approaching, Overtaking, and Passing a School Bus is included in the Illinois Vehicle Code under 625 ILCS 5/11-1414. The law requires a driver to stop before meeting or overtaking (from either direction) a school bus stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading students. The law applies to any and all locations including, but not limited to, highways, roadways, private roadways, parking lots, and school property. A full stop is required if the school bus is displaying the visual signals specified in the code (i.e. flashing lights, stop signal arm extended, etc.) and the driver should not proceed until the visuals signals cease, the school bus resumes motion, or the school bus driver signals the vehicle to proceed. The law does not require a driver to stop on a four-lane highway when traveling on the opposite two lanes from the school bus.
Passing a School Bus while Loading/Unloading can lead to a driver's license suspension. The Illinois Secretary of State will automatically suspend the driver’s license of anyone convicted of violating this law for a period of three months. In addition, the court will impose a minimum $150 fine for a first offense plus mandatory court costs. A second or subsequent conviction for this offense within five years of the first conviction will result in a one-year driver’s license suspension and a minimum mandatory $500 fine.