Bus Safety

Pennsylvania’s School Bus stopping Law

  • Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
  • Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
  • Motorist following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
  • If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails, or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorist in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
  • Do not proceed until all the children have reach a place of safety.


When To Stop For School Buses


For more safety information as well as tips for parents and students, please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s School Bus Safety Page.

PennDOT School Bus Safety