California Vehicle Code (CVC) – 22454 School Bus Violation
Passing a stopped school bus is illegal in California and all 50 states.
The Department of Transportation estimates that school buses are passed more than 70,000 times each day. States have cracked down on school bus violations throughout the country.
California Vehicle Code § 22454 prohibits a driver from passing a stopped school bus when the flashing red lights are displayed and/or a stop signal arm is visible.
A driver must wait until the red lights and/or the stop signal arm is not displayed before proceeding
Drivers approaching from the opposite direction on a two-lane road must stop in the same manner as drivers following the bus.
If the road has two or more lanes traveling in the same direction, a driver traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus is not required to stop pursuant to § 22454(b)(1) and (2). Drivers should use caution when approaching a bus as children could run out into traffic regardless of the traffic laws.
Because California takes the matter of school bus violations seriously, a school bus driver can report any driver who violates this code section to the law enforcement agency without 24 hours of the violation. The violation will result in a warning letter being issued to the driver. If you receive a ticket for violating CVC § 22454, you could face a fine of up to $695 and one point on your driver’s license.
New Technology to Stop School Bus Violations
Some school jurisdictions are using new technology to combat the problem of drivers passing stopped school buses. Much like red light cameras, small cameras have been installed that capture the license plate number on any cars that pass the school bus. Officials hope this will deter drivers from violating traffic laws to protect children who are getting off and on school buses.
Violations of the California Vehicle Code
Violating any school bus vehicle code in California is costly. Traffic tickets have stiff fines and can also result in higher insurance premiums. A traffic ticket has financial consequences for several years to come if you fail to take action.
Ticket Snipers is a California traffic ticket dismissal service that can help you avoid fines and higher insurance premiums by working to dismiss your alleged school bus violation. Call us at 800-985-8978 to discuss your options. Our team offers a free ticket review and we are available to help you with your California traffic ticket.