Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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School bus laws

A vehicle that approaches a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red warning lights, must stop not less than 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the operator extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. Failure to do so could result in a fine between $30 and $300. This law does not apply to vehicles driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway but does apply if no barrier is present on multi-lane street or highway.

Trans 300, Transportation of school children (Transportation Rules - Wisconsin Administrative Code) gives more detailed information about the rules and regulations that govern the operation of school buses and their equipment and inspections.

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Larry Corsi, larry.corsi@dot.wi.gov

Last modified: January 12, 2006

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