OVERTAKING SCHOOL BUS LAWYER
The traffic offense of Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus under Section 3345 of the PA Motor Vehicle Code carries a mandatory 60 day license suspension, 5 points on your driver's license, and a fine of $250 plus court costs. This provision requires drivers to stop at least ten feet before reaching the school bus when the red signal lights are activated and the side "stop" signal arm is extended. Furthermore, a driver may not proceed until the flashing red signal lights and side signal arm are no longer activated.
School bus drivers are permitted under the statute to report a violation directly to police. As a result, you may receive a citation in the mail without having ever spoken with a member of law enforcement.
WHY AM I CHARGED WITH OVERTAKING A SCHOOL BUS?
You may be cited with an Overtaking School Bus for for failing to stop within the required distances, resuming the operation of your vehicle when the stop lights or side stop signal arm are active, resuming the operation of your vehicle when exiting children have not reached a place of safety, or for simply passing a stopped school bus without noticing that it had activated its warning lights.
DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY?
When fighting a school bus violation, you must remember that the officer who cited you is a trained, professional witness with many hours of experience testifying in courtrooms. Without a firm understanding of the rules of evidence and case law governing overtaking school bus prosecutions, along with prior experience cross examining police officers, you take a substantial risk when you represent yourself.
If you intend on fighting your overtaking school bus ticket, you are best served hiring a qualified traffic ticket defense attorney to assist with representation.
HOW ZUCKERMAN LAW FIRM CAN HELP
At Zuckerman Law Firm, our goal in each and every traffic case is simple: eliminate points and license suspensions while reducing fines. In fighting for the most favorable results, we prepare for your summary trial while working behind the scenes to negotiate the best possible resolution of your case. We can review your driving history, research case law, prepare cross-examination questions, and negotiate directly with the police officer on your behalf.
If you are charged with overtaking a school bus, get a professional on your side. Call Zuckerman Law Firm today at 412-447-5580.