Motorists must now stop for buses on most roads

The first bill newly elected Georgia governor Brian Kemp inked his signature to is one to correct a major blunder by state lawmakers last year. On Friday morning Kemp placed his signature on Senate Bill 25 requiring all traffic on roadways which are not divided to stop for school buses that are loading or unloading passengers.

The bill replaces House Bill (HB) 978 which inadvertently allowed motorists traveling in the opposite direction on three and four-lane roads without a median or barrier to continue without stopping.

The language in the new law requires all traffic approaching a stopped school bus in both directions on a divided highway to stop unless the highway is separated by a barrier or a grass median.

The penalty for a violation of this new bill is a fine of up to $1,000 and six points on a driving record. Drivers under the age of 21 who violate the new law can also expect a license suspension as well.

The new law went into effect immediately.