ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Pupil Transportation Section
ALABAMA’S NEW ILLEGAL PASSING LAW Act 2006-311 Signed by Gov. Bob Riley on April 5, 2006 Effective October 1, 2006
“The driver of a vehicle upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children on a highway, on a roadway, on school property, or upon a private road shall bring the vehicle to a complete stop before reaching the school bus …” “The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway having four or more lanes which permits at least two lanes of traffic to travel in opposite directions need not stop the vehicle upon meeting a school bus which is stopped in the opposing roadway …” “Divided Highway” is defined as a roadway where opposing lanes are divided in order to impede traffic traveling in one direction from crossing over into the opposing lane(s). This includes grass medians, concrete barriers, guardrails, etc.
ABOUT THE LAW • Increases Penalties • Establishes Minimum Fine • Traffic not required to stop on divided four-lane highway • Tag Number – Inference of Violation • 90% of fines to enforcement agency
Increase in Student FatalitiesAlabama - 4 since 1998Nationally - 6 in 2004-05 Loading/Unloading Fatalities As of April 5, 2006 Mobile County 8-year-old boy September 20, 2005 Dekalb County 6-year-old girl October 31, 2001 Auburn City 5-year-old girl May 5, 2000 Lawrence County 7-year-old boy Dec. 17, 1998 • Increase in Illegal Passings • Enforcement Difficulties • Inconsistent Penalties
TWO-LANE ROADWAY When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!
FOUR-LANE ROADWAY WITHOUT A MEDIAN SEPARATION When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!
ROADWAY OF FOUR LANES OR MORE WITH A CENTER TURNING LANE When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!
TWO-LANE ROADWAY WITH A CENTER TURNING LANE When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!
DIVIDED HIGHWAY OF FOUR LANES OR MORE WITH A MEDIAN SEPARATION When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop!
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FOR MORE INFORMATION Joe Lightsey, Director or Brad Holley, State Field Specialist Alabama Department of Education Pupil Transportation Section Montgomery, Alabama 36130 334-242-9730 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Visit our website at www.alsde.edu
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