School starts next week, and with that, our children will be out and about in the early morning hours and in early afternnons at the school bus stops.
The state school bus passing and stopping laws will be STRICTLY enforced in Okeechobee County.
You must remain stopped until all children are clear of the roadway and the bus signal has been withdrawn.
If the highway is divided by a raised barrier or an unpaved median at least five feet wide, you do not have to stop if you are moving in the opposite direction of the bus. (SR 70 West, you must stop from the 400 block west throughout the four-lane roadway)
What happens if you don't stop for a school bus in Florida?
As of January 1, 2021, the penalties for failure to stop for a school bus double.
The penalty for failure to stop for a school bus goes from a minimum $100 to $200 and if a second offense is committed in 5 years, the person's license will be suspended for up to 1 year.