Driving past a stopped school bus with flashing lights in PA is subject to a fine, points, and a license suspension.
Presumed Pennsylvania resident and Redditor /u/rob71788 posted up disturbing dashcam footage yesterday to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing the moment a driver in a red Ford Explorer blew by a stopped school bus with flashing lights letting out kids after school.
Check out the dashcam footage for yourself below.
The incident happened on the 500 block of E Emmaus Ave in Allentown, PA (Exact location on Google Maps linked here.)
As /u/rob71788’s video shows he’s travelling on E Emmaus Ave when the school bus in front of him stops at the intersection with Filbert St. and turns on their flashers to let kids off.
I can’t see from the driver’s POV but presumably the school bus driver’s also deployed the stop arm, too.
Drivers coming from both directions are supposed to stop 10 feet away from stopped school buses until the school bus retracts the stop arm, turns off their flashers, and merges back into traffic.
In this instance, the bus stops to let kids off, but a driver in a red mid-2000s Ford Explorer blows by the stopped bus while kids are disembarking.
“I got a good look at the guy driving, he was waving his hands deep in conversation, completely oblivious to his surroundings,” OP commented.
Thankfully no kids went to the other side of the street or this could’ve turned out a whole lot worse.
“Man, that (passing a stopped bus) is one of my straight-to-f***ing jail hot buttons,” /u/garden-wicket-581 commented.
“Excellent that the driver will hopefully be getting a nice ticket in the mail. They had more than enough time/warning to stop and just chose to ignore it,” /u/GreaterDivinity also replied.
As mentioned, blowing by a bus like this in PA is subject to between a $250-300 fine, five points on your record, and a sixty-day license suspension.
There’s no excuse for this type of bad driving behavior.