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When do you have to stop for a school bus in Michigan?

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Question:

“If a school bus is on a road letting off children but it does not have its Blinky stop sign out, do you still need to stop behind the bus?”

Answer:

According to Lt. Michael Shaw from Michigan State Police, no you do not. He said police still advise drivers to use caution around school buses at all times, but the requirement to stop only applies when the red lights and signs are activated.

Under Michigan Vehicle Code 257.682, a driver must stop 20 feet behind a school bus that has its red lights and stop sign activated. If not, the driver can possibly face a civil infraction.

Drivers don’t have to stop when the lights and stop sign aren’t activated and if the bus is on a different side of a road divided into 2 roadways separated by a physical barrier.

Related: If there’s no speed limit posted, what speed should you go on Michigan roads?

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