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Stopping for Stopped School Bus

Many of you have seen the news reports regarding the rash of drivers illegally passing school buses in North Ridgeville. This is a serious safety concern that as a community needs to be addressed. Since the first day of school on August 29, 2018 thru March 7, 2019, there have been 62 citations written for drivers disregarding the law.  
 
This article serves as a reminder that passing a stopped school bus is ILLEGAL on all two- or three-lane roads. The Ohio Revised Code 4511.75 also states drivers “shall stop at least ten feet from the front or rear of the school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by the school bus driver to proceed.” 
 
The law also states that when a highway is divided into four or more traffic lanes, a driver need not stop for a school bus approaching from the opposite direction which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school child. Currently in North Ridgeville, there is only ONE section of road that this statement would apply – Lorain Road from Bagley Road east to the city limit (North Olmsted).  When in doubt, STOP!
 
Also, as a reminder, according to the Ohio Revised Code 4511.21, the speed limit in school zones is 20 mph during recess and during the opening and closing hours of schools. Please pay attention and help keep the children in our community safe!  

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