Each year, many children are hurt or killed due to drivers passing a stopped school bus.
As the area grows and lanes are added to keep up with traffic flow, some confusion may exist about when a driver is required to stop for a school bus.
Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver said that he has had several school bus drivers report vehicles passing their stopped busses.
Weaver said the problem seems to be mostly on the four lane highway. Weaver said that while some people are careless, he fears that some people don't know that the law prohibiting the passing of a stopped school bus, applies to four lane roads as well as a two lane.
Weaver said the law states that a multiple lane highway means a road with four of more traffic lanes and with no fewer than two traffic lanes for traveling in each direction. If the school bus is stopped on a multiple lane highway, unless there is a parkway or dividing strip of 20 feet or more, the driver of the approaching vehicle must stop.
"There are no roads with a parkway or dividing strip of more than 20 feet in Sharp County." Weaver said. "Regardless if there is a turn lane and shoulders you have to stop for that school bus no matter which way you're going."
Weaver stated he wants everyone in the area to be educated on this law because the fine for passing a stopped school bus is around $300.
Weaver said a similar law was passed a couple of years ago pertaining to stopped emergency vehicles. The fine for not moving into the passing lane or reducing speed when there are authorized emergency or law enforcement vehicles stopped at the scene of an emergency or traffic stop is between $35 and $500.
"If we educate them (the people) maybe we can save them some money or even somebody's life." Weaver said.