Under a new state regulation, school buses in
Wisconsin built after January 1, 2005 must have amber lights to
alert drivers that the bus is about to activate its flashing red
warning lights while coming to a stop. The new regulation goes
into effect on August 16, 2016.
“Flashing amber lights are a signal that the school bus is preparing to stop, so drivers need to slow down, pay attention and proceed carefully. Drivers are allowed to pass a moving bus with flashing amber lights, but they should do so cautiously,” says State Patrol Lieutenant Karl Mittelstadt. “However, once the bus displays flashing red warning lights, drivers both in front of and behind the bus must stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the red lights are turned off or the bus resumes travel. Drivers must stop even if the red stop-sign arm on the side of the bus is not extended.”
Stopping for red flashing lights on buses has been a state law for decades. Violating the law results in a minimum fine of $326.50 and four demerit points. The law does not apply to vehicles traveling in the opposite direction of a school bus on a divided highway separated by a median or other physical barrier. However, the law does apply if there is no median or barrier on a multiple-lane road.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are the safest form of transportation for students going to and from school and extra-curricular activities.
“With amber lights as a cautionary signal, school buses will be even safer for transporting children,” Mittelstadt said.
To help safeguard law enforcement officers, emergency responders, road maintenance workers, and others who work on the side of highways, Wisconsin has a "Move Over Law."
The law requires drivers to shift lanes or slow down in order to provide a "safety zone" for a squad car, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, utility vehicle, or highway maintenance vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing.
Drivers have two options for creating a safety zone:
Failure of motorists to move over is one of the reasons that motor vehicle crashes kill more law enforcement officers on duty than any other cause.
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