New School Year - School Bus Safety

posted Aug 27, 2018, 11:04 AM by Xan Robinson

School Buses on the Road Again

Yancey County Schools are off to a great start for the 2018-19 school year!   Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton states, “Student safety is our first priority and that begins the moment a student steps onto one of our school buses.  As buses are now back on the roads, we just want to remind our community and motorists of the School Bus Stop Laws as they encounter school buses on our roads”.

The North Carolina law regarding stopping for buses is contained in General Statute 20-217. A person passing a stopped bus can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and fined $500. Anyone striking or killing someone while passing a bus will be charged with a felony and fined from $1,250 to $2,500. Misdemeanor and felony charges can lead to revoking of a license.   Additional information can be obtained at

Motorists should also remember that all Yancey County Schools buses are equipped with cameras, some with additional cameras that assist in the identification of violators of school bus safety laws.

passing stopped school busPlease keep in mind these two school bus safety laws:

passing stopped school bus