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How Serious is Road Rage in California

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The recent death of a young boy following a road rage incident has triggered a surge of interest in how large a problem road rage in California is.

On May 21, a young passenger was killed when a man fired a gun at a passing car. The incident took place while the mother of the boy was driving her child to school. She was merging into traffic. Apparently, she flipped off the driver of the Volkswagen where the shot came from. The driver then pulled behind her vehicle. It’s believed that the passenger fired into the vehicle’s trunk and that the bullet passed through the trunk and into the boy who suffered fatal injuries.

Sadly, this is just one instance of road rage in California. According to one California traffic school, 50% of all drivers admit to feeling a sense of rage while driving and many of these have expressed that rage in the form of angry gestures, tailgating, or cutting off another driver. The problem with all of these scenarios is that the road rage instances quickly escalate and can result in serious accidents.

One of the interesting things about road rage is that according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) road rage legally differs from aggressive driving. A person can be an aggressive driver and never experience a bout of road rage and a cautious driver who is famous for their defensive driving can succumb to periods of road rage.

While road rage and aggressive driving aren’t the same thing, they are usually connected. Not only are aggressive drivers prone to bouts of road rage their aggressive driving style often triggers road rage in the drivers who share the road.

Road rage in California is more concerning than aggressive driving because road rage involves anger and often violent actions that are aimed directly at other drivers. While shooting incidents like the one that resulted in the death of a six-year-old child aren’t normal, it’s not uncommon for road rage to result in people getting pushed off the road, getting into serious accidents, and even lead to assault charges. According to The Best Online Traffic School, road rage is responsible for about 66% of all traffic-related fatalities. The same traffic school also reported that during the relatively short span of seven years, road rage was the cause of 12,610 injuries and 218 murders.

What some drivers don’t realize is that an episode of road rage in California can cost them their driver’s license. When an officer responds to a traffic incident that involves road rage they can choose to report the road rage episode to the California DMV who then identifies the driver as a negligent operator and can start the process of revoking their driving privileges.

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Failing to Use Your Blinker in California

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It’s such an easy thing to do. You hit the little switch on the side of your steering wheel, which activates your blinker light so that all the other drivers on the road understand that you’re about to make a turn. Even though using your blinker is one of the easiest things most of us do during the course of our day, there are still drivers who don’t fail to signal that they’re about to make a turn.

Common reasons drivers give for not using their blinker include:

✨ They were in a designated turn lane so they shouldn’t have to use a blinker
✨ Other drivers should be driving defensively and therefore be prepared for them to do anything
✨ They forgot to activate their blinker

Whatever excuse you use for not using your blinker when you decided to make a turn, you should know that by neglecting your blinker, you’re putting yourself in a position to get a traffic ticket, or even worse, getting into a serious accident.

In 2012, the Autoblog reported that the Society of Automotive Engineers conducted a study that explored just how dangerous failing to use a blinker really was. The results surprised everyone. According to the collected data, failing to use a blinker resulted in even more accidents than distracted driving.

The Society of Automotive Engineers reported that they observed that approximately 25 percent of drivers failed to signal that they were either turning, changing lanes, or while passing. Based on this data, the ground determined that there are 750 billion instances of drivers failing to use their turn signal each year which means that approximately 1-2 million accidents each year could have been avoided had the driver taken the split second needed to signal their intentions.

During the period of time that the study of blinkers was underway, they reported that there had been 950,000 vehicle crashes that were the result of distracted driving situations.

If a police officer catches you in a moment when you’ve failed to use your blinker, the consequences could be severe. While there’s a chance they’ll let you off with a warning, there’s an equally good chance they’ll issue you a ticket that comes with a $238 fine and will also result in a point being added to your driving record. That point is particularly troubling since 4 points in a 12-month span or 8 points in a 36-month span can result in the state suspending your driver’s license.

When all is said and done, using your blinker each and every time you make a turn or change lanes is the best way to prove that you’re a good and responsible driver.

Distracted Driving in 2021

Distracted Driving in 2021

Distracted Driving in 2021

Most of us are familiar with drunk driving and know that it’s something we should avoid. Few of us know about distracted driving. Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds like. If you’re ticketed for distracted driving, it means that rather than paying attention to the road, the bulk of your attention was focused on something else.

Most distracted driving tickets are issued because the driver was using their cell phone while driving, but you can be ticketed for getting in an argument with your passengers, trying to set your navigation system while your vehicle is in motion, or even trying to mop up coffee that you’ve spilled all over yourself.

Distracted driving became a thing when manufacturers started installing radios in cars and people started getting into accidents because they were changing the station rather than watching the road. Today, cell phones are the biggest source of distracted driving. Stats indicate that sending a short text while you’re behind the wheel means your 23 times more likely to get into an accident. Many of these distracted driving accidents end with someone getting hurt.

California drivers have been getting distracted driving tickets for several years, but now that 2021 has begun, those tickets are a much bigger issue.

California law refers to distracted driving as “anything that takes your eyes or mind off the road, or hands off the steering wheel – especially when texting or using your phone.”

The tweaks made to the distracted driving law in 2021 focus exclusively on anyone who is using their cell phone while they are behind the wheel.

The first time you’re caught using a cell phone while driving, you’ll be issued a ticket for $162. Any distracted driving tickets you collect after that first one will cost a whopping $285. If you get two or more tickets that are connected to using a cell phone while driving, the state will add a point to your license. Too many points and the state could suspend your driver’s license.
If you’re in an accident or cause a moving violation while you’re driving, the police officer will likely write additional tickets. When all is said and done, deciding to answer a text message while you’re behind the wheel could destroy several months of careful budgeting.

At this point, you will only receive a distracted driving ticket if you are using your hands to operate your cell phone. Hands-free phone operation is still allowed.

Tougher distracted driving penalties are just one of the changes drivers will encounter during 2021.

The Legal Risk of Rolling Stops in California

The Legal Risk of Rolling Stops in California

The Legal Risk of Rolling Stops in California

You approach a stop sign. You step on the brake, slowing your vehicle. You look both ways and see that there’s no oncoming traffic. You drive through the intersection without completely stopping your vehicle. This is called a rolling stop. It’s a traffic violation that can cause you a great deal of grief.

The Problem with Rolling Stops

As a licensed driver, you’ve entered into a kind of unspoken agreement with the State of California that you’ll come to a complete stop each time you’re confronted with a stop sign or red stoplight. The problem with a rolling stop is that they can quickly become a dangerous habit. A large majority of traffic accidents are caused by rolling stops, particularly rolling stops that include a right turn on red. Failing to come to a complete stop means you also fail to give yourself enough time to fully assess the intersection. Most of the drivers who have been involved in rolling stop accidents are startled when they suddenly find themselves sharing the intersection with a pedestrian or cyclist.

The Legal Consequences of Making a Rolling Stop in California

If you’re caught making a rolling stop, you can expect the resulting ticket to include a $238 fine. One point will also be added to your driving record.

Paying for the ticket is just one way your failure to yield completely for a stop sign or red light. You should also expect that your insurance company will learn about the traffic infraction. The insurance adjuster will likely assume that you routinely make rolling stops and will increase your monthly insurance premiums. Having a single rolling stop on your driving record could lead to a 19% increase in your insurance payment. Some insurance companies could even use the violation as an excuse to drop you as a customer.

A Possible Solution

If you’ve received a ticket for making a rolling stop, there are two ways you can minimize the damage. You could go to court and try to prove that you did bring your vehicle to a complete stop. If you’re able to convince the judge that the police officer made a mistake, they could strike the traffic infraction from your record.

If going to court doesn’t work, your other option is attending traffic school. It’s not fun, but getting the refresher course can remove the additional point from your record while also providing you with a useful refresher on defensive driving.

Avoid Making Rolling Stops

A surprising number of drivers who are ticketed for making a rolling stop are surprised. They swore they were coming to a complete stop. The best way to make sure you are stopping is checking both ways, counting to five, checking the intersection again, and only than continuing on your drive.

It always pays to take a few extra seconds to confirm that you’re driving safely.

Can You Drive While High in California?

Can You Drive While High in California?

Can You Drive While High in California?

Four years ago in 2016, Californian voters chose to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by passing Proposition 64. After the passing of this Prop, the state worked on creating new laws to regulate marijuana usage. These laws were then enacted over the next few years to give people time to adjust and prepare. While the laws were enacted, they did cause some confusion due to the delayed-release.

Even though four years have gone by since the legalization of recreational marijuana usage, there is still a lot of confusion around the subject. While there are many bits of confusion, one that is particularly important to understand is when it is and when it isn’t okay to smoke marijuana. Just like when consuming alcohol or smoking a cigarette, there are times and places where marijuana usage is acceptable, and times when it can get a person into trouble.

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The rules surrounding the recreational use of marijuana are very similar to the rules surrounding alcohol and/or smoking. Under these rules, a person can smoke or use marijuana anytime they would be able to consume alcohol, provided that smoking is allowed in that location. Knowing that one of the big points of these laws is understanding that a person cannot drive while high just like they cannot drive while intoxicated.

This comes as a surprise to a lot of people who never realized that they could get into legal trouble for driving with marijuana in their system. The fact of the matter is that the California Vehicle Code (VC) 23152(f) makes it illegal for a person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of any drugs. This includes marijuana.

Unlike with alcohol, there is no standard legal limit for drugs in a person’s system before they are guilty of driving under the influence of drugs. This means that if a person is found to have any amounts of a drug, such as marijuana, in their system, they will be charged with DUI here in California.

Since drugs can’t be detected on a breathalyzer, officers have to test for drugs differently. They can test a person for drugs by:

  • Conducting a field sobriety test (FST).
  • Taking the driver’s vitals.
  • Interviewing the driver.
  • Getting a urine or blood sample.

What Are the Penalties for Driving While High?

VC 23152(f) is what is known as a wobbler offense here in California. This means that it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the facts of the case. The factors that will be evaluated to determine how the offense is charged include:

  • Whether the driver has been convicted of DUI before.
  • Whether or not the DUI caused a crash.
  • Whether or not there were aggravating factors during the arrest.

Here in California, a first time DUI can come with:

  • Up to 6 months in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Up to 9 months of DUI school.
  • A driver’s license suspension for up to 10 months.

A third, or any subsequent, DUI offense can earn a person:

  • Up to 1 year in jail.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Up to 30 months of DUI school.
  • Having their driver’s license revoked for 3 years.

DUI with an injury can come with:

  • Up to a year in jail.
  • A max fine of $5,000.
  • Restitution to the victims.
  • Up to 30 months of DUI school.
  • Having their driver’s license revoked for up to 3 years.

Lastly, felony DUI comes with:

  • 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in state prison.
  • A max fine of $1,000.
  • Up to 30 months of DUI school.
  • Having their driver’s license revoked for up to 4 years.

Don’t Get a DUI

When a person consumes marijuana in some way, their mind stops working the way it normally would until the drug has passed through their system. If the person is at home and isn’t going anywhere, then this is fine. However, if the person gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, it can cause problems.

High drivers don’t drive in safe manners and don’t have great reaction times to sudden changes. This makes them more likely to get into an accident and hurt someone, which is why it is illegal to drive while high. If a person has smoked or ingested marijuana in any way, then they will need to find someone else to drive them or they will be charged with DUI.

Don’t Cheat in the Carpool Lane

Don’t Cheat in the Carpool Lane

Don’t Cheat in the Carpool Lane

P
retty much every California driver out there can agree that the state has horrible traffic problems. No matter which end of the state you are on, whenever a driver gets close to a large urban area, traffic will slow to a crawl. In Los Angeles, it can easily take two hours to drive a distance that would, without traffic, take 30 minutes to traverse.

One of the most commonly implemented ways to avoid traffic is carpool, or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), lanes. These lanes are usually found all the way to the left and are only allowed to be used by vehicles that have more than one person in them. This means that any vehicle in these lanes should have a driver and at least one passenger.

The idea behind these lanes is to convince people to rideshare more to take advantage of these lanes. Doing this would reduce the number of cars on the road and help reduce traffic. However, a lot of people don’t want to give up the freedoms that come from driving themselves, or they simply have no one to carpool with. In these instances, some people decide to try to trick the system and drive in the carpool lane without a passenger present. What these people don’t realize is that doing so is illegal, and can earn them a nice ticket.

Carpool Cheaters

Some drivers, in an attempt to get around the traffic, will try to make it look like they have a passenger riding with them. They can do this in several ways, including:

  • Dressing up mannequins.
  • Putting baby dolls in car seats.
  • Dressing up the passenger seat to look like a person.

There are probably plenty of other schemes out there, and most California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers have seen them all. It is important to note that

The thing with these so-called sneaky tricks is that they don’t work as well as drivers think they do. Officers are well aware of the tricks and can spot them pretty easily. The mannequins are often too stiff and unresponsive to the road to be considered real for more than a second.

If a CHP officer notices a person trying to pull one of these tricks in the carpool lane, they will pull the driver over and will give them a ticket.

The only good thing about these tricks is that often times when a driver uses them, they at least strap the doll or mannequin in properly.

Penalties of Misusing a Carpool Lane

California Vehicle Code (VC) 21655.5 makes it illegal for a person to misuse a carpool lane. This means it is illegal for a person to drive in any carpool lane without having another, living, person in the vehicle.

Breaking this law results in infraction level charges that come with a fine of $490 and no potential jail time. A person will not receive any points on their driver’s record for this kind of violation.

Also, be aware that entering or exiting a carpool lane over a double yellow line is illegal and can result in a separate ticket. This ticket would cost anywhere from $100 to $150 and does add a point to the driver’s record. If a driver acquires too many points on their record within too short a period, they can have their license suspended, or even revoked altogether.

Don’t Cheat Traffic

No one likes getting stuck in traffic, but it is a part of life in highly urbanized areas. Trying to get passed the traffic by using a doll or mannequin to enter into a carpool lane is an easy way to get a ticket. Not only do CHP officers see through the ruse, other drivers who notice it are more than likely to report it. After all, why would they allow someone else to cheat through the carpool lane while they are stuck in traffic?

Luckily for all the law-abiding drivers out there, anyone caught in the carpool lane without a living passenger in their vehicle will earn themselves a nice ticket. What do you think of carpool cheaters? Do they deserve the ticket for sneaking into the carpool lane, or are they just being smart?

What Is a California Stop?

What Is a California Stop?

What Is a California Stop?

There are lots of different rules that a driver has to follow while on the road. Failing to follow any of them can easily earn a person a ticket. Still, there are a ton of different laws, making it easy to forget one here and there. This is made even easier if most drivers forget, or chose to forget, certain laws.

One commonly forgotten or ignored law here in California revolves around something that every driver experiences daily: the stop sign. Stop signs are everywhere and it is rare for a driver to go anywhere without encountering at least one. One might think this would make it impossible for people to forget about the rule regarding stop signs, but that is not the case. So many people here in California have either forgotten, or choose to conveniently ignore, the rule regarding the red octagonal sign.

The Sign Says Stop

If a person has ever talked to another individual about driving before, they’ve likely heard of the term: California Stop. The practice wasn’t invented in California, and the name does seem to change from region to region, but this is one of the most common names for the practice of rolling stops here in California.

A rolling stop occurs when a driver comes up to a stop sign, and instead of doing as instructed, slows down to a crawl. They roll for a bit, then proceed. Their vehicle never actually stopped, which is illegal. Despite that fact, thousands upon thousands of drivers are guilty of committing California stops daily.

This creates an unnecessary risk for other drivers and pedestrians as well. When people see a car approaching a stop sign, they expect it to stop. They plan on the vehicle stopping and when it doesn’t, that’s when accidents can occur.

The sign is pretty clear on what drivers are supposed to do. It does not say, slow down and proceed. It says stop. This means a driver always needs to come to a complete stop at these signs. A driver should stop their vehicle, so that their wheels aren’t moving at all, count to 3, then proceed if the intersection is clear and it is their turn.

If a driver doesn’t do this, they run the risk of causing an accident, and of getting a ticket.

California Vehicle Code 22450

Here in California, drivers are required to stop under Vehicle Code (VC) 22450. This law states simply that all drivers need to stop for stop signs. The vehicle has to come to a complete stop behind the first of the following:

  • The limit line,
  • The outer edge of the crosswalk,
  • Or before entering the street.

For those unaware, the limit line is the white line that cuts across the road near a stop sign to tell people where to stop.

Some drivers don’t see a major problem with rolling stops, and so they expect officers to let them off with a warning. However, that is rarely the case. As mentioned before, the sign tells a driver exactly what they are supposed to do. When a person fails to stop, even if they slowed down, the law sees the act as running a stop sign. This means the person will receive a traffic ticket when caught. This ticket comes with:

  • Roughly a $230 fine.
  • 1 point on the driver’s record.

If a driver accumulates too many points on their driver’s record within too short a period, they can be labeled a negligent driver. This means the state can either suspends the driver’s license or revoke it entirely.

Even if a person doesn’t acquire too many points on their record to warrant a suspension, each time they gain a point they can expect to receive higher car insurance rates.

Don’t Worry About Being Late

Rolling stops happen when people are in a rush and are more concerned with getting wherever they are going than with safety. The driver is being selfish. Being late doesn’t matter if the driver ends up killing themselves on the way to their destination. Everyone should remember the rules of the road and follow them, even if they are running late or are in a hurry. This way, everyone gets where they are going safely.

What are your thoughts on rolling stops? Are they nothing to be concerned about, or are they a bigger deal than people realize? Should drivers get tickets for committing a rolling stop?

Could California Traffic Tickets Be Getting Cheaper?

Could California Traffic Tickets Be Getting Cheaper?

Could California Traffic Tickets Be Getting Cheaper?

Every driver knows that whenever they drive over the posted speed limit of a road, they risk getting a speeding ticket. This is just one of several different types of traffic citations that a person could receive for doing something they shouldn’t while driving. While the fines on these tickets may start out small, they can quickly grow out of hand thanks to court fines and fees.

In fact, the cost of these tickets can get so ridiculously high that some people simply avoid paying them. Most of the time, this is due to the fact that they simply cannot afford to pay the fine. They don’t have that kind of money lying around. In an effort to combat this, Governor Gavin Newsom is pushing for the fines to be reduced.

Why Traffic Citations Cost So Much

Last year in 2019, there were over 3.6 million traffic tickets issued to drivers all over California. The state estimates that slightly less than half of the fines were paid for. This is a huge loss of money for the state, and it shows that the average fine is too costly for most families, meaning they can’t afford to pay it.

What is interesting, is while the cost of a traffic citation has been increasing over the past few decades, most of the actual fines for the tickets haven’t changed. This is due to the fact that state officials have been adding on additional fees, fines, assessments, and surcharges to support other state programs without the need to dip into the state’s general budget. Some of the things that traffic citations help fund include:

  • Brain injury research.
  • DNA identification programs.
  • Local court costs.
  • Medical life-flight helicopters.
  • Public safety training programs.
  • Victim compensation.

This is how the base fine for speeding can range from $35 to $500 dollars and then grow even more from there.

California’s New Solution

In a surprising twist, in an effort to make more money from traffic citations, the state is looking at reducing the cost of traffic citations. By doing so, they hope to put the cost of a ticket back within range for the average driver, meaning more people will actually pay for the ticket.

The new proposal is actually an expansion of a pilot program that is already affect in four California counties:

  • San Francisco.
  • Shasta.
  • Tulare.
  • Ventura.

Under the expansion, the program would grow to be a statewide benefit for low income families.

The program focuses on helping low-income households by reducing how much a person has to pay for a traffic fine. Under the proposed expansion of the program, households that receive certain public benefits or earn up to 125% of the poverty line will receive a 50% reduction in the cost of any traffic tickets they receive. The current federal poverty line for a family of four is $25,750 a year. In the four counties where the program is already running, families that make 4 times over the poverty line still receive a 30% reduction on their traffic fines.

Should Tickets Be Lowered for Everyone?

It is hard to deny that California’s traffic fine system has become muddled and ridiculously expensive. When the base fine for failing to come to a full stop at a red light before making a right turn is $100, but most people end up paying $500 for the ticket, there is an obvious problem. There should not be $400 worth of additional fees and assessments that only exist to fund other programs.

This isn’t to say that people should get off scot-free for traffic violations, just that the penalty should fit the crime. Based off the individual laws, the penalties do fit the crimes, but then state legislators tacked on fee after fee over the years, making the cost of simple traffic violations ridiculously high. The average individual can’t afford a ticket that expensive, and $500 is one of the cheap ones.

What do you think of the idea to expand this pilot program? Should low income families be given discounted rates for traffic violations, or should everyone pay the same amount? Would the state be better off focusing on just lowering the costs of tickets for everyone across the board? Let us know what you think in the comments down below.

5 Commonly Ignored Driving Laws

5 Commonly Ignored Driving Laws

Anyone who has ever driven knows that there are a lot of laws to follow while on the road. With so many different things to pay attention to, it can be hard to follow all of the rules 100% of the time. This is especially true when people witness others breaking certain laws and figure if those people can do it, so can they.

There are dozens of different driving laws that people break every single day. Some of the most common ones include the following:

Speeding over the Limit

This one is obvious. People speed just about everywhere you go, but especially in California. In fact, it is not uncommon to come across sections of highway where the posted limit is 55 mph and yet every driver on the road is doing a minimum of 70 mph. Regardless, driving over the posted speed limit is illegal no matter how many other drivers do it.

Stopping at Stop Signs

Some drivers see stop signs and somehow read them as “slow down a little” instead of “stop.” This in turn leads to numerous accidents. In addition to that, it can lead to a ticket for the driver. Failing to stop at a stop sign is an infraction level offense that comes with a small fine and a point on a driver’s record.

Seatbelts Are Required

For a lot of people, buckling up when they get into a car is automatic. However, some people struggle with the idea of buckling up every single time they are in a vehicle. Being in a moving vehicle without a seatbelt is not only dangerous, but also illegal. This can earn a driver another infraction, and if they are driving a vehicle with someone under the age of 16 unbuckled in the car, they can face a separate citation for that as well.

Distracted Driving Is Dangerous

Everyone is aware that driving while distracted by just about anything, but mainly smart phones, can be incredibly dangerous. Some studies have even found that is more dangerous than driving while intoxicated or drunk. This is likely due to the fact that at least the drunk driver is trying to focus on the road, while the distracted driver is more concerned with sending a text, applying makeup, or eating. Despite this, and the fact that distracted driving is illegal, people do this every day. If a person doesn’t wind up in an accident, they could face a ticket with some small fines.

Hit and Run

Whenever people mess up, they are afraid of the consequences. After all, nobody likes getting into trouble. Unfortunately, sometimes things happen and a person is in an accident. The worst thing they can do is leave the scene of the crime. If they do this, it no longer matters if they were responsible for the accident. They left the scene and could have even left someone injured and dying. That is horrible, which is why it is illegal for a driver to leave the scene of an accident that they were involved in without first administering any needed aid or leaving contact information. The consequences for doing so can vary depending on the severity of the accident.

Keep These Laws in Mind While Driving

There are all sorts of laws that California drivers seem to forget about. Drivers need to remember these rules, not only to avoid an expensive ticket, since even the small fines are often a few hundred dollars, but to avoid ending up in a serious accident. Many of these laws were enacted to help keep people safe while driving. Failing to follow several of these could easily cost a person their life. Nobody wants that.

Are there any other California laws that you see drivers forgetting on a regular basis that are missing from this list?

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Stopping for School Buses

Stopping for School Buses

School is back in session once again and for students, that means that the fun of summer is over. For many adults, we assume nothing changes for us when the new school year starts, however that isn’t exactly the case. With the start of school comes additional traffic around campuses, and school buses make a reappearance.

Luckily for most drivers, school buses only operate within certain time frames. This means that they are not around for most of the day. However, the times they are in operation tend to coincide with rush hour traffic to and from work. Having to stop for a school bus when late to work, or after an extra tiring day at the office, can be frustrating.

Some people assume that if they see a school bus stopped, but it is on the opposite side of the street, that they can simply ignore it and keep on their way. Other people will keep going regardless of the stopped bus and the line of cars behind or in front of it. In both instances, this is against the law.

In the state of California, all drivers are required to stop for a school bus that is displaying flashing red lights and a stop sign. Not only will ignoring a school buses stop signals earn a driver a costly ticket, it could harm a child. School buses are used to transport kids to and from school. When they stop along the road, it is either to pick kids up or let them off. This means that there are kids near an active roadway, and extreme caution should be used.

The only time a driver is allowed to ignore a stopped school bus is when it is on the opposite side of a divided roadway. This means that there is either a median or barrier separating the two different directions of traffic. Any other time a driver comes across a school bus with flashing red lights and a stop sign out, they need to stop, regardless of what side of the road they are on. Stopping will only take a moment, and will help keep everyone safe.