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Special Stops: School Buses

School Buses transport hundreds of thousands of children each day across Illinois.

  • In order to maximize safety, special rules apply when driving near school buses that are loading or unloading passengers.
    • Two Lane Roadway: Stop before meeting or overtaking when loading or unloading passengers
    • Four Lane Roadway: Traffic travelling in the same direction as the bus must stop, traffic travelling in the opposite direction is not required to stop, but you should drive with caution.
    • Four-Lane Highway: You do not need to stop if travelling in the opposite direction, Drive with caution
  • The driver will flash amber (yellow) and red lights on the front and back of the bus to let you know that he or she is stopping the bus.

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