HARRISBURG – As the new school year gets underway, motorists need to be alert for school buses returning to the roads to transport children. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards says even a momentary distraction around school buses and in school zones can lead to tragedy. Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception is when a bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record, and a 60-day license suspension. Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or to school. Motorists need to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Also, be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. If convicted, violators face a fine and three points on their driving record. For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, visit penndot.gov/safety.