School Bus Safety

(August 24, 2017) – With schools back in session, it’s time to watch out for kids.  New Hampshire law requires that:

  • the driver of a school bus must come to a complete stop 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet, of a railroad crossing. (265:50)
  • vehicles following or approaching school buses must stop at least 25 feet away from the bus when it is stopped and its red flashing lights are activated (265:54)
  • not stopping can result in fines up to $250 (first offense) or $500 (subsequent offenses)
  • passing a school bus on the right can result in fines up to $1,200 and suspension of license

Source: “Handbook for the New Hampshire School Bus Driver” issued by the NH Department of Safety (DSMV 241 Rev. 06/10)

  1. MB Masse
    MB Masse
    September 4, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    This morning I saw a car pass a school bus on the left when it was stopped, with lights on, for a railroad crossing. The bus had pulled way over to the right, making it seem you could travel on the left. Is this legal?

    • Ed Brouder
      Ed Brouder • Post Author •
      September 4, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      No, this is clearly illegal. You should try to get the license plate and report them to the local police.

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