School Bus Laws in Texas: Do You Know When To Stop or Pass?

It is illegal in Texas (and in all 50 states, actually) to pass a school bus in the following cases:

  • the bus is actively loading or unloading passengers. Passing on either side of the school bus can lead to a fine anywhere from $500 to $1250 or more in Texas;
  • the school bus has its Stop Sign extended or flashing lights;

When a school bus is stopped, drivers traveling on either side of the road must come to a complete stop. A roadway is not considered separated by left turn lanes only, so drivers must stop for school buses in that case.

When Can Drivers Pass a School Bus

Drivers can only pass a school bus if:

  • the flashing lights are no longer activated, or;
  • if the bus has resumed driving.

If the roadway is separated by a physical barrier (like a raised median for example) drivers do not have to stop for the school bus. This image provides a great visual of when to pass or stop for a school bus:


While you might be familiar with these laws put into place to keep Texas students safe, not everyone is as responsible or vigilant while driving near school zones. If you or a loved one has been injured in a school bus or school zone accident, our car accident lawyers can help you.

Contact the bus accident attorneys at Liggett Law Group today for a free case evaluation and the help you deserve.