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ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Pupil Transportation Section. ALABAMA’S NEW ILLEGAL PASSING LAW Act 2006-311. Signed by Gov. Bob Riley on April 5, 2006. Effective October 1, 2006.

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ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Pupil Transportation Section

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ALABAMA’S NEW ILLEGAL PASSING LAW Act 2006-311

Signed by Gov. Bob Riley on April 5, 2006

Effective October 1, 2006

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“The driver of a vehicle upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children on a highway, on a roadway, on school property, or upon a private road shall bring the vehicle to a complete stop before reaching the school bus …”

“The driver of a vehicle upon a divided highway having four or more lanes which permits at least two lanes of traffic to travel in opposite directions need not stop the vehicle upon meeting a school bus which is stopped in the opposing roadway …”

“Divided Highway” is defined as a roadway where opposing lanes are divided in order to impede traffic traveling in one direction from crossing over into the opposing lane(s). This includes grass medians, concrete barriers, guardrails, etc.

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ABOUT THE LAW
  • Increases Penalties
  • Establishes Minimum Fine
  • Traffic not required to stop on divided four-lane highway
  • Tag Number – Inference of Violation
  • 90% of fines to enforcement agency
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Increase in Student FatalitiesAlabama - 4 since 1998Nationally - 6 in 2004-05

Loading/Unloading Fatalities As of April 5, 2006

Mobile County 8-year-old boy September 20, 2005

Dekalb County 6-year-old girl October 31, 2001

Auburn City 5-year-old girl May 5, 2000

Lawrence County 7-year-old boy Dec. 17, 1998

  • Increase in Illegal Passings
  • Enforcement Difficulties
  • Inconsistent Penalties
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TWO-LANE ROADWAY

When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

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FOUR-LANE ROADWAY WITHOUT A MEDIAN SEPARATION

When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

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ROADWAY OF FOUR LANES OR MORE WITH A CENTER TURNING LANE

When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

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TWO-LANE ROADWAY WITH A CENTER TURNING LANE

When school bus stops for passengers, all traffic from both directions must stop!

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DIVIDED HIGHWAY OF FOUR LANES OR MORE WITH A MEDIAN SEPARATION

When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Joe Lightsey, Director

or

Brad Holley, State Field Specialist

Alabama Department of Education

Pupil Transportation Section

Montgomery, Alabama 36130

334-242-9730

[email protected] [email protected]

Visit our website at www.alsde.edu

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