LAS VEGAS - A viewer asks when traffic must stop for a stopped school bus with its flashers on. The viewer says he sees drivers continue to pass buses in these circumstances.
It is illegal for drivers to keep going when a school bus' flashers are on. Still, oblivious motorists often fail to stop. Some opt to increase speed in order to pass the bus before it makes a complete stop.
Nevada law states drivers must stop for a school bus when it puts on its flashers and stops. This applies to both directions of traffic. The law continues, "Drivers shall not attempt to overtake or proceed past the school bus until the flashing red signal ceases operation."
The one exception to this law is if you are driving in the opposite direction, and there is a divided highway or roadway that separates you from the side of the road the bus is on. Then, you are allowed to continue traveling at a safe speed.
If you violate this law, it's a misdemeanor which could involve hundreds of dollars of fines and a suspended license.