Monday, April 14, 2008
Stopping For Transpo Bus
Q: I want to know why folks up here don't STOP when a city bus is stopped and has that big red neon STOP in their back windows lit up? They just go around them into the other lane of traffic - what if someone was crossing the street or something? Where I am from, if the back of the bus says stop then you stop and wait till everyone has gotten on or off and the bus starts up again. I see this happen a lot, especially in Mishawaka. I stop and wait and people behind me get all annoyed and go out and around me and the bus.

A: Actually you are not required to stop for city buses. Under Indiana law, only school buses with flashing lights and extended stop arms require all lanes of traffic to stop. The STOP light on Transpo buses is simply acting as a third brake light to let you know the bus itself is stopping. As a courtesy, traffic should slow down, and if permissible then pass safely on the left. This may explain the annoyed drivers you are encountering.

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