By Sam Strike
The first day of school for the Philadelphia School District is September 9, and school buses will return to the roadways in a matter of weeks.
Under state law, motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended must stop at least 10 feet from the bus.
Failing to do so can earn drivers a $250 fine, five points on their license and a 60-day suspension.
It's not necessary to stop if the school bus is on the other side of a median or a barrier on a divided highway.
In a school zone, vehicles must obey a 15 mph speed limit and keep an eye out for pedestrians. Breaking this rule can lead to a fine and three points on a driver's license.
For an animated illustration of where and when to stop, visit drivesafepa.org.