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Reckless Driving Defense In Alexandria – Virginia Lawyers

There are many different penalties for a reckless driving passing a stopped school bus charge of 46.2-859 in Virginia.

If you have been charged with reckless driving for passing a stopped school bus in Alexandria Virginia, contact our law firm immediately for help.

Reckless Driving Passing A Stopped School Bus Defense In Alexandria Virginia

We will do our absolute best to help you get the best possible result based on the facts of your case.

ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA-RECKLESS DRIVING STATUTE 46.2-859

Va Code 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus; prima facie evidence.

A person driving a motor vehicle shall stop such vehicle when approaching, from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, and shall remain stopped until all the persons are clear of the highway, private road or school driveway and the bus is put in motion; any person violating the foregoing is guilty of reckless driving. The driver of a vehicle, however, need not stop when approaching a school bus if the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway when the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area. The driver of a vehicle also need not stop when approaching a school bus which is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school if the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus. This section shall apply to school buses which are equipped with warning devices prescribed in 46.2-1090 and are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” in black letters at least eight inches high on the front and rear thereof. Only school buses which are painted yellow and equipped with the required lettering and warning devices shall be identified as school buses.

The testimony of the school bus driver, the supervisor of school buses or a law-enforcement officer that the vehicle was yellow, conspicuously marked as a school bus, and equipped with warning devices as prescribed in 46.2-1090 is prima facie evidence that the vehicle is a school bus.

Statute

Description

 

Penalty

Va code 46.2-859 In a highway, private road or school driveway where any school bus is stopped for the purpose of taking or discharging children, elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped persons, any act of not stopping or not keeping stopped a vehicle till all persons have cleared and bus the put in motion. (School buses are those which are equipped with warning devices prescribed in 46.2-1090 and are painted yellow with the words “School Bus” in black letters at least eight inches high on the front and rear thereof)

When it is not reckless driving:

When the school bus is stopped on the other roadway of a divided highway, on an access road, or on a driveway and the other roadway, access road, or driveway is separated from the roadway on which he is driving by a physical barrier or an unpaved area.

If the driver is directed by a law-enforcement officer or other duly authorized uniformed school crossing guard to pass the school bus which is loading or discharging passengers from or onto property immediately adjacent to a school.

 

Class 1 misdemeanor.
Reckless Driving Passing A Stopped School Bus Defense In Alexandria Virginia

We will do our absolute best to help you get the best possible result based on the facts of your case.

Article written by A Sris
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