The Barry County Sheriff’s Office is letting motorists and visitors in the county know the office is now using more aggressive enforcement in ticketing drivers who pass a school bus with flashing red lights activated
“Our bus drivers are frustrated by people passing them when their flashing red lights are on,” Sheriff Dar Leaf said. “It’s a county wide concern; there are also specific areas that will be getting more attention.”
Flashing amber lights on the bus tells motorists to slow down because the red lights will be activated next. Cars approaching or passing a bus on an undivided highway must come to a complete stop at least 20 feet from a bus until the red lights are off, according to state law.
A better safe distance to wait is 50 feet, Leaf said.
Failure to stop for a bus with flashing red lights on an undivided highway will result in a $250 fine. If a motorist hits and injures a child, they could be charged with a moving violation causing injury; if they hit and cause the death of a child, they could be charged with a moving violation in a school bus zone causing death, a 15-year felony.