When do drivers in Louisiana need to stop for school buses?

Posted on March 17, 2016

If you’re coming up behind a school bus, or if you see one coming from the other direction, do you know when you’re supposed to stop? Despite how important this is—since children and pedestrians are involved—some drivers find that they’re not sure exactly what the laws are. When they see the buses, they grow indecisive and don’t know what to do.

The laws in Louisiana have been tweaked so that they’re not as complex as they used to be. Now, it’s quite simple:

No matter which direction you’re coming from, you must stop for a bus that is on the same road as you if it has a stop sign or red flashing lights that are being displayed.

It doesn’t matter if you’re behind the bus or in the other lane. This is one key point in the confusion, as drivers in the opposite lane sometimes think they can keep going and that the cars behind the bus are the only ones that need to stop. This is not true. Both lanes must stop, as children may get off the bus and cross the road.

There is one key exception, and that’s when the road is divided in some fashion. For instance, there could be a grass median or a cement divider wall in between lanes that run in opposite directions. Even if both lanes are technically the same road, the cars on the other side of the divider can keep moving, while the ones behind the bus have to stop.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident with a driver who did not stop, you may be able to seek compensation.

Source: KPEL, “When Do I Stop For A School Bus In Louisiana?,” Bernadette Lee, accessed March 17, 2016