School recently started up for children across the nation and along with the start of the school year comes the sight of school buses on the roads and children coming and going from school. Illinois drivers need to be on the alert for school zones, school buses and the laws that accompany them. So, what are the specific laws and fines that are associated with school zones and school buses that Illinois motorists need to be aware of?
School zones are clearly marked by traffic signs that alert motorists that they are entering them. If the school zones are not clearly marked, then it is best for motorists to act on the safe side and assume that if they are approaching a school the school zone laws still apply. When a motorist enters a school zone, the speed limit is reduced to 20mph. Along with the reduction to a 20mph speed limit, school zones also have laws to prohibit passing and give the right-of-way to adults and children at crosswalks. (Source 1)
It is important to obey school zone traffic laws because all violations of the laws require court appearances. Violations of the school zone traffic laws carry a fine payable to the state and a fine payable to the school system. The fines start at $200 total for the motorist’s first offense and then increase with each subsequent offense. (Source 1)
School bus laws are a little easier to understand and therefore carry more severe penalties. Motorists are not allowed to pass or overtake a school bus, and motorists are required to come to a complete stop when children are either entering or exiting a school bus. Also, the school bus must have a flashing red stop sign that motorists can see. (Source 2)
If obeying school zone laws are important to avoid court appearances, than obeying school bus laws are a must because violations of school bus laws results in a suspension of the driver’s license. The first offense will result in a $150 fine and a three-month suspension, while a second offense will result in a $500 file and a one-year suspension of the driver’s license. (Source 2)
For both children and parents the start of the school year is an important time of the year. If motorists continue to follow the school zone laws and school bus laws of Illinois, then it will continue to be a good time of the year for parents and children alike.
If you or your children are involved in an accident or need help with any other traffic matter, contact the Bloomington, Illinois lawyers at the Finegan Law Firm.