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North Carolina School Bus Stop Law
Two-lane roadway - ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane - ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

Four-lane roadway without a median separation - ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation - ONLY the traffic following the bus must stop.

Roadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane - ONLY traffic following the bust must stop.

Reporting a School Bus Law Violation

Penalty for Passing a Stopped School Bus
Class 1 Misdemeanor (violation of NCGS 20-217(a)) with a minimum fine of $500, which may not be disposed of by entry of a prayer for judgment continued. Court appearance is mandatory for such charges. Five driver's license points are assigned to a conviction if the driver was operating a noncommercial motor vehicle and eight points if the person was driving a commercial vehicle.  Four insurance points apply which is an 80% increase in insurance rates.

If a driver strikes a person it is a Class I felony with a minimum fine of $1,250, if it results in death of the person they are guilty of a Class H felony with a minimum fine of $2,500.