GA SB 25 – relating to duty of driver of vehicle meeting or overtaking school bus, reporting of violations, and civil monetary penalty for violations captured by school bus camera, so as to clarify when the driver of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus


Bill Location:
GeorgiaSenate
Bill Title:

A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 40-6-163 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to duty of driver of vehicle meeting or overtaking school bus, reporting of violations, and civil monetary penalty for violations captured by school bus camera, so as to clarify when the driver of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.

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NMA Recommendation:
Support

SB 25 was introduced to the Georgia Senate on January 16, 2019. The Senate passed the bill on February 7 and sent it to the House. On February 13, the House passed SB 25 and transmitted the bill back to the Senate.

The bill better defines when a driver is obligated (or not) to stop when meeting or passing a school bus. The proposed language change does add clarity:

The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways or a divided highway, including, but not limited to, a highway divided by a turn lane, that are separated by a grass median, unpaved area, or physical barrier need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different the separate roadway or on another half of a divided highway, or upon a controlled access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway 


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