September 10, 2004
The San Francisco Police Department Traffic Division will be focusing on enforcing the law regarding the unlawful passing of a school bus as the school year begins. Section 22454.5 of the California Vehicle Code makes it unlawful for a motorist to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing. Lieutenant Al Casciato of the Traffic Division said that, “The most potentially dangerous situation is the possibility of a child darting from a school bus out into the street.”
Motorists should take special care to remain stopped behind a bus until all students have gotten off the bus, the red flashing lights have stopped flashing and the bus is proceeding.
For more information, please contact:
SFPD Public Affairs
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103