Late for work? Going to miss that important meeting? Whatever you do, don’t pass that school bus!
The time that it takes you to wait behind it for all of the children to get on or off is far less than the amount of frustration a ticket for improperly passing a school bus will cause you.
Ultimately, if convicted you can be facing a lot more than you bargained for.
Be sure to contact an experienced NJ traffic ticket attorney to help you avoid all of the negative ramifications of a conviction.
The Basics About Improperly Passing a School Bus
If you are traveling behind a school bus that is transporting kids to and from school and it stops to pick up or drop off kids, you are not allowed to pass it.
While it might seem like a simple thing and not a big deal, the State of New Jersey takes this extremely seriously.
After all, anytime children can be harmed––let alone seriously injured or killed––the state is on guard.
Consequently, improperly passing a school bus is treated as a serious traffic offense that could really stain your driving record long-term.
Remember, if you want to pass a school bus, do so only under extreme caution and when you know for sure that it is not picking up or dropping off children.
Additionally, if you are on the opposite side of a bus on a roadway that is divided by a safety island or a physical traffic separator, you will not need to stop. However, you will be required to slow down to 10 mph.
Penalties for Improperly Passing a School Bus in NJ
If you get convicted of improperly passing a school bus, 5 points will go on your driving record.
Not only that, but you also will face a minimum fine of $100.
Moreover, you can be compelled to serve up to 15 days in jail or do 15 days of community service.
Lastly, an insurance carrier will look at this as if you put children at risk. Thus, they will likely label you as a careless driver and your auto insurance rate will go through the roof.
Negotiating Down an Improper Passage of a School Bus Violation
Many times, if you go into court on your own, you will not get the deals that an experienced NJ traffic ticket lawyer will be offered.
Although you might already know that pleading down to unsafe operation (NJSA 39:4-97.2) could be the best move for you, it’s quite possible that a prosecutor will reject this even if you present a sound argument.
Why? He knows that you are not a traffic ticket attorney and that at trial he could easily beat you. Consequently, he might offer you a bad deal or no deal at all.
However, when you retain your own traffic attorney to handle the ticket, it is extremely likely that good deals will be offered and accepted because no prosecutor wants to waste his time going toe to toe with an attorney who spends most of his day winning traffic court cases.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a traffic ticket in New Jersey for improperly passing a school bus (NJSA 39:4-128.1), contact Michael Botton of The Botton Law Firm today at 732-894-3686. His team of trained NJ traffic ticket attorneys will fight to get your points and fines reduced while saving you from an auto insurance hike.