GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
SESSION LAW 2005-204
HOUSE BILL 1400
AN ACT to increase the penalty for passing a stopped school bus and to make school bus stops safer.
The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:
SECTION 1. G.S. 20-217 reads as rewritten:
The driver of any
vehicle upon approaching from any direction on the same street, highway, or
public vehicular area any school bus (including privately owned buses
transporting children and school buses transporting senior citizens under
G.S. 115C-243), while the bus is displaying its mechanical stop signal or
flashing red stoplights, and is stopped for the purpose of receiving or
discharging passengers, shall bring the vehicle to a full stop before passing
or attempting to pass the bus, and shall remain stopped until the mechanical
stop signal has been withdrawn, the flashing red stoplights have been turned
off, and the bus has moved on.When a school bus is displaying its
mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the
purpose of receiving or discharging passengers, the driver of any other vehicle
that approaches the school bus from any direction on the same street, highway,
or public vehicular area shall bring that other vehicle to a full stop and
shall remain stopped. The driver of the other vehicle shall not proceed to
move, pass, or attempt to pass the school bus until after the mechanical stop
signal has been withdrawn, the flashing red stoplights have been turned off,
and the bus has started to move.
The provisions of
this section are applicable For the purpose of this section, a school
bus includes a public school bus transporting children or school personnel, a
public school bus transporting senior citizens under G.S. 115C-243, or a
privately owned bus transporting children. This section applies only in the
event the school bus bears upon the front and rear a plainly visible sign
containing the words "school bus" in letters not less than eight
inches in height.'school bus.'
provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the driver of a vehicle
traveling in the opposite direction from the school bus, upon any road, highway
or city street which that has been divided into two roadways, so
constructed as to separate vehicular traffic between the two roadways by an
intervening space (including a center lane for left turns if the roadway
consists of at least four more lanes) or by a physical barrier, need not stop
upon meeting and passing any school bus which that has stopped in
the roadway across such the dividing space or physical barrier.
(d) It shall be unlawful for any school bus driver to stop and receive or discharge passengers or for any principal or superintendent of any school, routing a school bus, to authorize the driver of any school bus to stop and receive or discharge passengers upon any roadway described by subsection (c) of this section where passengers would be required to cross the roadway to reach their destination or to board the bus; provided, that passengers may be discharged or received at points where pedestrians and vehicular traffic are controlled by adequate stop-and-go traffic signals.
as provided in subsection (g) of this section, any person violating the
provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 21
(g) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section and willfully strikes any person causing serious bodily injury to that person shall be guilty of a Class I felony."
SECTION 2. This act becomes effective September 1, 2005, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date.
In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 11th day of July, 2005.
s/ Marc Basnight
President Pro Tempore of the Senate
s/ James B. Black
Speaker of the House of Representatives
s/ Michael F. Easley
Approved 11:18 a.m. this 21st day of July, 2005