Over the last year, Kearney Police Department has received several complaints from citizens regarding motorists passing school buses that are stopped with the buses stop arm extended. This driving practice is both dangerous and illegal.
Officers of the Kearney Police Department will participate in a special enforcement effort, which will be conducted on school days from Monday, April 16, 2018 through Friday, April 27, 2018. Shift officers will be focusing on violations of Nebraska State Law 60-6,175 regarding school bus safety requirements; use of stop signal arm; use of warning signal lights. This special enforcement event will occur throughout the City of Kearney.
The ultimate goal of this project is to educate motorists and ensure the safety of the children in this community. Key points motorists need to know about laws regarding the passing of school buses include:
- Any motorist, upon meeting or overtaking, from front or rear, a stopped school bus that has the stop signal arm extended and flashing red lights, must come to a stop until the stop signal sign is retracted.
- Any motorist, upon meeting or overtaking, from the front or rear, a school bus that has yellow warning signal lights flashing, must slow down to 25 mph (20mph if the bus is in a school zone) if passing.
- Exceptions are if the school bus is stopped on a divided highway. A divided highway is defined as a road with a median strip between the traffic in opposite directions and typically two or more lanes in each direction. Private roads and parking lots are also exempt from the law, to include parking lots at the schools.
- A violation of this law is a class IV Misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine.
Additional information and examples will be shared on the Kearney Police Department Facebook page.