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Do I need to stop for a bus flashing yellow lights?

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According to the Motor Vehicle Laws, no. I too live in Ohio. "When a school bus driver is preparing to stop the bus, he or she activates four amber lights - two on the front and two on the rear of the bus. These lights continue to flash until the bus is fully stopped. Other vehicles are not required to stop during this preliminary stage of the eight-light warning but should prepare to stop as soon as the bus comes to a full stop. When the bus comes to a complete stop, the amber lights stop flashing and four red lights - two in the front and two in the back - start flashing while the children enter or leave the bus. In addition, a stop arm with flashing red lights is automatically extended beneath the window on the left side of the bus." It clearly states that when the bus comes to a complete stop, the amber lights stop flashing and the red lights start. Since you only saw the amber lights flashing, the bus was not at a full stop, so it was legal to pass since you WEREN'T required to ... more
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