We’re about to start seeing a lot more school buses on the road in Chesapeake so now is a great time to brush up on all those rules you learned in Drivers Ed. You must stop for a school bus with flashing red lights and an extended stop sign when your vehicle is in the following location:
- Going in the same direction behind or next to the bus (never pass a bus with its lights on)
- Going in the opposite direction, approaching the bus, on a road with no median
- At an intersection in any direction
The only time you don’t have to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights is when you’re on the opposite side of the road and there is a physical barrier or an unpaved median separating the two directions.
You should also be very careful when backing out of a driveway and driving through neighborhoods as you’re likely to encounter kids walking to and from their bus stops.
Be prepared for heavier traffic around town, especially in the Great Bridge/Hickory area of the City since school traffic will be combined with detour traffic from the closure of the Centerville Turnpike Bridge. Give yourself extra time in the morning and be prepared to be patient!