Clarkston Police Public Safety Notice: New Georgia Law Clarifies when Drivers Must Stop for School Buses

Effective Friday, February 15, 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed Senate Bill 25 into law to protect children from motorists at school bus stops. The new law requires drivers traveling in both directions on two-lane roads and roads with a center turn lane to STOP for school buses that have their stop arm extended and red lights activated. 

Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus on a road that is separated by a concrete, grass or dirt median do not have to stop, but drivers should exercise caution while driving in this area.

Failure to obey the law can include a court appearance, a fine up to $1,000 and six points on a driving record. For drivers under the age of 21 caught in a "stop arm violation," the penalty includes a license suspension.

Senate Bill 25 can be viewed in its entirety at:

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