KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It's back to school for many schools in Missouri and Kansas, and that means school buses are back on the roads.
The school bus extends its stop arm when picking up students and the rules seem simple. Stop means stop. However, the school bus teams differ slightly from state to state, and there is little difference between Missouri and Kansas.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri drivers must stop for school buses when the stop arm is extended on all two-lane roads, regardless of the driver's direction. Motorists must also stop in either direction even if there is a central turning lane between traffic lanes.
Motorists driving in the opposite direction of the school bus do NOT have to stop if there are four or more lanes on the road.
Nearly all school bus carrier laws are the same in Kansas as they are in Missouri, according to the Kansas State Department of Education.
But traffic is moving in the opposite direction, YOU must stop for school buses on four lanes if there is no median that separates the different directions. If there is a median, the traffic does not have to stop in the opposite direction.
Violations of these laws can result in fines of more than $ 400.
For information on federal school bus laws and best practices, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Guide to School Bus Safety.