When to Stop for a School Bus

Parents and others driving on South Carolina roads should be aware of state law that mandates that a motorist stop for a stopped school bus with flashing red lights under these conditions: 

  • if you are on a two-lane highway, traveling in either direction, you must stop;
  • if you are on a multi-lane highway traveling behind the bus, you must stop. If you are on a multi-lane highway and meet a stopped school bus heading toward you, you do not have to stop but should simply slow down and pass with caution.

The fine for passing a stopped school bus can be as much as $1,000 and up to 30 days in jail for a first offense.