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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton

Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

David Strenfel

David Strenfel

David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff

Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.

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Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus

Any driver who illegally passes a stopped school bus in Pennsylvania can face severe penalties, including fines and suspension of driving privileges. Because Pennsylvania’s “School Bus Stopping Law” involves the safety of children, police and judges alike take them very seriously.

Many drivers who receive tickets for passing school buses are stunned to learn that they broke the law. There are a number of situations in which it can be unclear what is required of a motorist, and several people are cited despite having proceeded with complete caution.

West Chester School Bus Violations Lawyer

If you have received a citation for passing a school bus in Pennsylvania, it is in your best interest to seek legal counsel. Do not attempt to dispute the charges by yourself. Ciccarelli Law Offices has successfully handled scores of  school bus traffic violations such as these, and our firm fights to appeal orders of suspension from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

Our Chester County meeting or overtaking school bus attorneys also represent clients in Lancaster County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County. Let us review your case by calling (610) 719-3200 right now to schedule a free consultation.

Pennsylvania Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus Overview

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Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus Law in Chester County

Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 75 § 3345 states that drivers meeting or overtaking any stopped school buses must stop at least 10 feet before reaching the school buses when their red signal lights are flashing and the side stop signal arms are activated. Drivers cannot proceed until the flashing red signal lights are no longer actuated.

For the purposes of this statute, these terms are defined as follows:

  • Meeting a School Bus — This is when a driver is in the opposite lane facing the school bus.
  • Overtaking a School Bus — This is when a driver is behind the school bus and passing it in the same direction of travel.

Keep in mind that police do not have to observe these violations in order for drivers to be ticketed. Rather, a school bus driver prepares a signed, written report indicating the violation occurred. The operator of the school bus then delivers a copy of the report to a police officer who has authority to exercise police power in the area where the violation occurred.

The report is supposed to include as much of the following types of information as possible:

  • Information, if any, pertaining to the identity of the alleged violator
  • The license number and color of the vehicle involved in the violation
  • The time and approximate location at which the violation occurred
  • Identification of the vehicle as an automobile, station wagon, motor truck, motor bus, motorcycle or other type of vehicle

If the police officer believes that this report establishes a sufficient basis to issue a citation, he or she will file a citation and the report with the issuing authority. If the issuing authority determines that the report and citation establish a sufficient basis for the issuance of a summons, a summons shall be issued and a copy of the citation will be sent to the alleged offender.

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When Drivers Do Not Have to Stop in Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus in West Chester

There can often be confusion among drivers as to whether or not they are required to stop in certain situations, such as when they are entering intersections or at four-way stops. In general, it is best to remember that all vehicles are required to stop 10 feet away when red lights are flashing and none can move until all children aboard have reached a place of safety.

However, there are two situations in which vehicles may be permitted to proceed past school buses:

  • Amber Signals — When the amber signals of a school bus are flashing, drivers meeting or overtaking the bus are allowed to proceed past the bus with caution. However, they must be prepared to stop as amber visual signals are only used when the red visual signals are actuated immediately afterward. Amber signals are actuated by school bus drivers within 150 feet and 300 feet of stops.
  • Separate Roadways — Drivers are allowed to proceed on highways with clearly defined dividing sections or physical barriers providing separate roadways when a school bus is on the opposite side of the road. Examples of such physical barriers include trees, shrubs, rocks, boulders, concrete medians, or guard rails.

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Pennsylvania Penalties for Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus

A motorist who is convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law faces a number of punishments that can have immediate and possibly long-term impact. The consequences include:

  • 60-day suspension of driver’s license
  • Five points added to alleged offender’s PennDOT driving record
  • $250 fine

It is important to remember that any driver who accumulates six points on his or her record for the first time is required by PennDOT to take a special written point examination. Failure to pass the exam within 30 days will result in a driver’s license being suspended until the exam is passed.

If it is the second time a driver has accumulated six points, he or she will have to attend a Departmental Hearing at which PennDOT may order a 15 day license suspension, order a special on-road driver’s examination, or take no action. If a motorist fails to attend the hearing, his or her license will be suspended for 60 days.

If it is the third time or more that a driver has accumulated six points, he or she will also have to attend a Departmental hearing at which PennDOT will then determine if a 30-day license suspension will be initiated. If a motorist fails to attend the hearing, his or her license will be suspended until he or she attends the hearing.

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Find a Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus Lawyer in West Chester

Have you received a ticket in the mail for illegally passing a school bus in Pennsylvania? Even if it doesn’t seem like it will cost much to simply pay the citation, remember that doing so is essentially the same as pleading guilty—and this can have enormous consequences for you later on.

Ciccarelli Law Offices helps people accused of violating Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law in West Chester, Coatesville, West Goshen, Easttown, West Caln, Phoenixville, and the greater Philadelphia area. You can have our Chester County meeting or overtaking school bus attorneys review your case when you call (610) 719-3200 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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