School is Back in Session

Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Buyer Brokerage

September means back to school! 

yellow school bus

Photo by Austin Pacheco on Unsplash


There is something so special about the month of September. It feels like a fresh start even if you've been done with school for years.


We live in Montgomery County Maryland and our house is a few blocks away from the school bus stop. It's so sweet to see the elementary school kids waiting for the bus sporting their brand new backpacks and happy faces. They're excited to be with their friends and not paying any attention to the cars that drive past.

I've noticed that some drivers speed up to get past the bus stop before the bus flashes red lights. At the same time, I've watched children run across the street to the bus stop so they can board the bus. This could be a deadly combination of events so I'm writing a little public service announcement for drivers everywhere! 

Here are the basics for understanding school bus laws when following or approaching a bus

  • Be prepared to stop. Yellow flashing lights are activated 100-300 feet before the bus is going to stop. Don's speed up to get past the bus at this time since children could be crossing the street to board the bus.
  • Stop when the bus lights flash red. For drivers who ignore this law in Montgomery County Maryland, a camera-generated fine is $250. A citation issued by a police officer is $570 with three points on the driver's license. 
  • Two lanes of traffic mean all cars should stop in both directions.
  • Multi-lanes of traffic - drivers in both directions must stop.
  • Divided highway with dirt, grass or some type of barrier median require drivers behind the bus (going in the same direction) must stop. Drivers traveling in the opposite direction must drive cautiously.

Last year, the 2017-2018 school year, there were 500 buses with cameras. According to Montgomery County Police, 7,919 drivers, in the first 40 days of the school year, were recorded illegally passing school buses. Not only is this an expensive mistake for the driver, it's reckless since the driver could injure or kill a child. 

Slow down!

Nothing is more important than driving safely when school is back in session. 

Posted by

Victoria Ray Henderson

Broker in Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia with The Buyer Brokerage in McLean Virginia. 


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Comments (11)

Doug Dawes
KW Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hi Victoria Ray Henderson Marshall Henderson 

Ugghh! The school buses are back. SO, your post is most important. There is precious cargo aboard those buses. Be careful & aware

Sep 05, 2018 12:29 PM
Victoria Ray Henderson

Precious cargo for sure! thanks for stopping by the blog Doug Dawes have a great day!

Sep 06, 2018 06:55 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Hi There,

I love when September comes around...The tourists are gone and we have the beach to ourselves, and school is back in session. There is a chill in the air also.  A

Sep 05, 2018 01:52 PM
Victoria Ray Henderson

I agree Ron and Alexandra Seigel there is something special about the month of September. Have a great day!

Sep 06, 2018 06:55 AM


Feb 15, 2019 04:07 AM
Jose Bouche

good article

Feb 26, 2019 03:30 PM