You are on a four-lane divided highway. You approach a school bus that has stopped with flashing red lights and an extended stop arm on the opposite side of the highway. What should you do?

Correct answer

  • Proceed with caution.
  • Stop, yield if necessary, and then proceed.
  • Slow down and proceed with caution.

Explanation

Normally, you must stop for a stopped school or church bus whose red lights are flashing, no matter which direction it is traveling in. In Alabama, however, there are two exceptions to this rule. (1) The school or church bus is stopped on the opposite side of a divided highway with at least four lanes. (2) The school or church bus is stopped in a loading zone adjacent to a divided highway with at least four lanes and pedestrians are not allowed to cross the highway there. In these situations, you don't have to stop, but you should still proceed with caution. Children may not know the rules of the road, so they may do something unexpected.

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