WHAT TO DO WHEN APPROACHING A SCHOOL BUS DISPLAYING FLASHING LIGHTS:
A vehicle approaching a school bus with an 8-light warning system must do the following--
AMBER WARNING LIGHTS
This is a cautionary message that the bus is coming to a stop and will soon be activating its RED warning lights. Traffic is allowed to bypass the school bus with care.
RED WARNING LIGHTS
Stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the driver extinquishes the flashing red warning lights.
Failure to do so will result in a minimum fine of $326.50 and four points. This law does not apply to vehicles in the opposite direction on a divided highway, but does apply if no barrier is present on the multi-lane street or highway.
Note: A vehicle that approches a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red warning lights must stop regardless if the stop arm is out or not (Ss 346.81(1))