Legal-Ease: School bus traffic laws

Lee R. Schroeder is an Ohio licensed attorney at Schroeder Law LLC in Putnam County. He limits his practice to business, real estate, estate planning and agriculture issues in northwest Ohio. He can be reached at or at 419-659-2058. This article is not intended to serve as legal advice, and specific advice should be sought from the licensed attorney of your choice based upon the specific facts and circumstances that you face.

It’s almost time for students to head back to school, which means it’s time for drivers to encounter school buses on the road. Drivers must stop at least 10 feet from the part of the school bus that’s closest to the driver. So if a school bus is stopped on a one-, two- or three-lane road, all traffic going in both directions must stop at least 10 feet from the bus. The bus driver should not move the bus until the students are no longer in the roadway. Other drivers can move again once the school bus begins moving again.

Every school bus is required to have the automatically extending “stop” sign installed and functioning on the school bus’s left side. But even if the stop sign is not functional, drivers are still required to stop.

Read more about school bus traffic laws and Ohio drivers’ duty to stop in Lee’s article in the Lima News here: Legal-Ease: School bus traffic laws

Source:, “Legal-Ease: School bus traffic laws,” by Lee R. Schroeder, August 12, 2017

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