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Friday, September 30, 2022

MCSO reminding drivers to watch out for school buses

With the 2022-2023 school year beginning on Wednesday, August 10, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to watch out for school buses.

According to MCSO, multiple residents continue to ask questions each year wondering when traffic needs to stop for school buses. To help local motorists, MCSO offers the following image depicting when drivers must stop for a school bus:

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An image showing when to stop for a school bus (Image courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

On a two-lane road, vehicles traveling in both directions are required to stop for a school bus. When traveling on a multi-lane road that is paved across, vehicles traveling in both directions must also stop.

A divided highway consists of an unpaved space (minimum of five feet), or any raised median or physical barrier. Vehicles traveling behind a school bus on a divided highway must stop, while any vehicles traveling in the opposite direction must proceed with caution.

On its Facebook webpage, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Remember, citizens, our future is riding on these buses, so please watch out for them.”