On Wilson Blvd in the mornings, I sometimes run into a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights going in the opposite direction. This is a busy part of Wilson near Glebe and there’s even the beginning of the left turn lane so it’s extra wide with about 4-1/2 lanes. It’s also inconceivable to any reasonable person that children would be dropped off on one side of Wilson and cross the road.
What’s the law here? Do drivers going in the opposite direction have to stop for this school bus? I stop but about 50% of drivers do not.
I looked this up recently. I believe if there is a solid median (concrete/grass) between opposing lanes of traffic, then you do not have to stop. If there is no median and only the double solid yellow line separating the lanes, then you have to stop for a school bus.
I’m glad you opt to stop for the bus even if it might not be required; this is one of those situations where it’s best to err on the side of caution. Thanks.
Hank, I agree mostly. But, other drivers may not expect a car on the other side of median to stop, and the result is a rear-end accident. But, I didn’t know the answer to this and had been stopping on the other side of median. However, was wary of doing so….
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