School Bus Safety Tips

If you haven’t seen them already, school buses are back on the streets.

Each year, the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau (CVEB) works in partnership with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to inspect every school bus in the state. It’s our goal to keep everyone safe out on the roadways, especially our kids. That’s why it is so important that everyone understands when you must stop for a school bus when you see that bright red paddle.

Every year we get asked: When are you supposed to stop for a school bus?

Before we answer, let’s go over a few basics…

A two-lane road = one lane in each direction

Multi-lane road = three or more lanes which can include a turn lane

Divided road = must have a median, barrier, or marked space wider than 18 inches between lanes traveling in the opposite direction of each other

So to answer the question of “when to stop,” here’s Sergeant James Prouty:


To read Washington’s law on stopping for school buses, you can visit the State Legislatures website here:

Let’s have a safe school year, everyone!