Improper Passing School Bus Ticket Lawyer Philadelphia
Communities all agree that the safety of our children is among our society’s chief concerns, as it should be. This societal value is often reflected in the law, and such is precisely the case when dealing with an improper passing of a school bus violation. The consequence for improperly passing a school bus is, therefore, quite significant, resulting in a $250 fine, five points on your license, and an automatic sixty-day License Suspension.
That is not a ticket to be taken lightly. Such a significant point penalty and an automatic suspension of one’s license must be contested. You cannot afford to simply accept these consequences; you need to protect your rights. Perhaps the bus lights or sign weren’t activated properly, so you were unaware of the situation, or perhaps the bus driver misreported your vehicle, or maybe you simply need to plea down the offense because of the current state of your license. Whatever your needs, The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. is here for you. Our Traffic Attorneys will defend your rights in court and get you the best outcome possible. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
Understanding the Violation
In Pennsylvania, as in most states, it is a traffic offense to pass a bus if the vehicle is flashing its red lights and has its side stop sign deployed, alerting drivers to the fact that the bus is at a stop, and is either taking on or dropping off students. You are required to stop at least 10 feet from the vehicle. Drivers are allowed to pass the school bus only when the lights are turned off, and the stop sign is retracted, thereby alerting drivers that the children have finished boarding or exiting the bus.
One unique aspect of the improper passing of a school bus violation is the fact that school bus drivers have been empowered to report drivers who violate this law, potentially resulting in a ticket. Therefore, with respect to this ticket, you may be ticketed in one of two ways – either by a police officer at the scene or via the mail upon being reported by a school bus driver.
The process for a school bus driver to report the improper passing of a school bus requires the driver:
- file the report within 48 hours,
- include identifying information – especially driver’s license number and make/model of the vehicle,
- record the time of the incident,
- identify the location of the incident.
If the police find that this information provides a sufficient basis to issue a ticket, they will send one to the address associated with the vehicle.
Passing a school bus ticket is one of the most severe traffic citations which an individual can receive in Pennsylvania. Law Enforcement in PA have a zero-tolerance for drivers who illegally pass a school bus, as violations of this law inevitably place children in risk of danger of serious Personal Injury. Those found guilty of improperly passing a school bus face significant penalties, such as five points on your license, a sixty-day suspension of your driving privilege, and costly fines.
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. our experienced traffic ticket attorneys have handled all types of school bus tickets throughout the tri-state area at both the Magisterial District Court level and the Common Pleas level.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
When faced with a ticket of this magnitude, you should seek out an experienced Traffic Attorney who will be prepared to fight or plea down this ticket. The possible consequences are simply too severe to ignore. The five points will surely have a substantial impact on your insurance premiums, while the sixty-day suspension will drastically affect many aspects of most people’s lives. This is a serious ticket and requires serious attention. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. employs serious traffic court lawyers who will fight for you. Call today to Schedule a Free Consultation.