Passing A Stopped School Bus Is A Serious Charge
Sometimes people don’t notice stopped school buses and emergency vehicles, sometimes people aren’t aware of the law, and sometimes they are singled out for the violation. Whatever the circumstances, Georgia law makes passing a stopped school bus or failing to move over for an emergency vehicle illegal, and drivers who are caught face serious consequences.
Under our state’s law, it is a criminal traffic offense to pass a school bus when a stop arm is out or the amber or red signal lights have been activated. The law says that vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus activates its stop arm, or the amber or red signal lights, on a two-lane or multilane road with no median or barrier. Vehicles traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop when the bus activates its stop arm, or the amber or red signal lights, no matter what — even if no children appear to be entering or exiting the bus. Likewise, when an emergency vehicle is stopped with its lights activated, it is required that you move into the adjacent lane if it is safe to do so.
At Teiger Law Center, P.C., with locations in Alpharetta and Cumming, we represent drivers throughout the Atlanta metro and north Georgia who have been accused of passing a stopped school bus, failing to move over for an emergency vehicle or other criminal traffic offenses. Our clients face serious consequences, including probation, community service and jail time. The consequences become more serious if the driver hits and injures someone.
Thoroughly Investigating The Evidence Against You
When we handle a case involving a stopped school bus, we thoroughly investigate it to determine the state’s evidence against our client. We review the police report and statements made by any witnesses. We obtain law enforcement videos and 911 recordings. We work diligently to uncover any additional evidence as well.
Then, we determine a case strategy that is most likely to achieve a favorable outcome for our client. Depending on the situation, we dispute the evidence and aim to have the charges dismissed, have the charges reduced to a lesser offense, or press to have our client found not guilty. Our goal is to have the Georgia courts see our client in the best possible light.
Ticketed For Illegally Passing A Bus Or Emergency Vehicle? Contact Atlanta Attorney Tracy Teiger.
Sit down with us, ask questions, receive answers, and let us protect your interests. Call 800-780-2275 or toll free at 866-726-2153 to speak with attorney Tracy Teiger or another member of our staff about your ticket for passing a stopped school bus or emergency vehicle. You can also send us an email by filling out our online contact form.