Do You Know Ohio's School Bus Laws?



Drivers are reminded to stop for school buses, and watch for children at bus stops and walking to and from school. Remember - if the bus stops and its stop sign comes out, driver in both directions MUST stop, except if there is a divided highway.

From 2007 to 2016, there were 1,282 people of all ages killed in school transportation-related crashes—an average of 128 fatalities per year. Bus drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers on the road, all must obey bus safety rules. In Ohio, drivers must stop at least 10 feet away from a stopped school bus to allow passengers to safely enter or exit the bus. [Source]

Here's a quick reminder of Ohio's law regarding passing a school bus that is stopped:

  • If a bus is stopped on a street that has fewer than four lanes, all traffic proceeding in either direction must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus.
  • If a bus is stopped on a street that has four or more lanes, only traffic proceeding in the same direction must stop at least 10 feet from the front or rear of the bus.
  • Drivers must stop until the school bus resumes motion or until signaled by the bus driver to proceed.