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NHP reminds drivers to watch out for buses
by Tribune Staff
Feb 13, 2012 | 1493 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Nevada Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to obey the flashing red lights and stop signs on school buses.

“We want our kids to be safe around school buses,” said NHP Lt. Thomas Mershel. “If you see a bus stopped with flashing red lights, you must stop.”

Nevada Revised Statute 484B.353 states that all vehicles must stop in either direction when a school bus equipped with signs and signals displays a flashing red light that is visible from the front and rear. The vehicle is not allowed to overtake or proceed past the school bus until the flashing red signal ceases.

According to the state statute, fines can range from $250 for the first offense to $1,000 for a third offense, including the suspension of the driver’s license.

State law also mandates that the third or any following offense within a two-year period shall be punished by a fine not more than $1,000 and the driver’s license of the driver suspended for not more than a year.

School buses are also equipped with flashing yellow lights. Drivers turn yellow lights on prior to stopping a bus. The NHP cautions drivers to slow down for children around bus stops and be aware of blind spots where children might be walking.

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