+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    ttcall is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    3

    Illinois School Bus Passing

    What is the name of your state? Illinois

    What exactly are the rules for passing a school bus in Illinois. The problem is, everyday the same bus sits on the side of the road for about 10 minutes, with only the yellow flashing lights. Everyday she is passed by about 5 cars when there are no red flashing lights or stop arm extended. Of course somebody gets a ticket and wants to fight it. Yellow is only a warning when the bus is not loading or unloading, only stopping, right? What are the chances of not being convicted?
  2. #2
    snostar is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Long Island, NY
    Posts
    2,493
    You must stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus loading or unloading passengers. A warning will be given at least 100 ft. (200 ft. in rural areas) in advance of a stop. The bus driver will flash amber and red lights on the front and rear of the bus. The stop signal arm will be extended after the school bus has come to a complete stop. You must then come to a complete stop. You may proceed when the school bus resumes motion or the bus driver signals you to do so.

    It is also illegal to pass a school bus in a school zone.

    Your driving privileges will be suspended for three months if you are convicted of illegally passing a stopped school bus. If you receive two such convictions within five years, your driving privileges will be suspended for one year. In addition to the suspensions, violators will be for a first conviction and $500 for a second or subsequent conviction.
  3. #3
    ttcall is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    3

    Passing School bus Illinois

    So, there should be no ticket given for stopping and then passing a school bus with only yellow lights (no red lights and no stop arm) that is parked on the side of the street. Correct?
  4. #4
    Happy Trails is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    4,432
    Quote Originally Posted by ttcall
    So, there should be no ticket given for stopping and then passing a school bus with only yellow lights (no red lights and no stop arm) that is parked on the side of the street. Correct?
    The yellow flashing lights are a warning that the bus will be stopping.

    Info. link:

    http://www.isp.state.il.us/docs/schoolbussafety5542.pdf#search='Illinois%20bus%20passing%20law'
  5. #5
    ttcall is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    3

    illinois schoolbus passing

    The bus driver had the yellow flashing lights, but was just hanging out on the side of the street.
  6. #6
    Happy Trails is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Posts
    4,432
    Quote Originally Posted by ttcall
    The bus driver had the yellow flashing lights, but was just hanging out on the side of the street.
    Illinois law states that it is illegal to pass a school bus (with its stop sign arm out and red lights flashing) that is stopped to pick up or discharge pupils.

    Also as Snostar stated, "It is also illegal to pass a school bus in a school zone."

    What is the ticket citation # or what are you being accused of doing? The above information states when it is illegal to pass a school bus.

    Some of the above information is a copy and paste from below site.
    [url]http://www.vernonhills.org/police/newres/bus.htm[/url]
  7. #7
    wirry1422 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    130

    Lightbulb

    In illinois, when the school buses' yellow lights are flashing, that is a warning to be prepared to stop because the school bus is about to pick up or discharge passengers. When the yellow lights are flashing, you are not required to stop. You are required to slow down significantly, stay alert, and be prepared to come to a stop if the lights switch to red before you overtake the school bus. When the lights switch to red with the stop arm extends if you have not yet passed the bus, you are required to come to a complete stop until the red lights cease and the stop arm is deactivated. You are required to stop for the school bus with red lights activated if you are traveling in either direction of a two lane roadway, and in the same direction of a four or more laned roadway as the stopped bus. If you are traveling in the opposite lanes of a four-laned (two or more lanes in each direction with a double yellow line in the middle) roadway, you are not required to stop for a stopped school bus (whether or not the four-lane roadway is divided with a median) FYI, some other states, such as Virginia, require drivers in the opposite lanes of a four or more lane roadway to stop for a stopped school bus, unless that roadway is divided (has a median strip).

Similar Threads

  1. Passing School Bus in Illinois
    By akbars01 in forum Speeding and Other Moving Violations
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-12-2009, 05:09 AM
  2. School Bus Passing Law - Illinois
    By lleon458 in forum Speeding and Other Moving Violations
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 11-18-2008, 08:00 PM
  3. Passing School bus
    By gkn2003 in forum Parking Tickets and Non-Moving Violations
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-14-2007, 11:18 AM
  4. Passing School Bus - GA
    By akaper in forum Speeding and Other Moving Violations
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-10-2007, 03:47 AM
  5. Passing a school bus
    By muffdiven in forum Speeding and Other Moving Violations
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 10-20-2003, 06:50 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

© 1995-2012 Advice Company, All Rights Reserved

FreeAdvice® has been providing millions of consumers with outstanding advice, free, since 1995. While not a substitute for personal advice from a licensed professional, it is available AS IS, subject to our Disclaimer and Terms & Conditions Of Use.