Citations for Passing a School Bus

Failing to Stop for a School Bus in South Florida

Florida Law requires a driver to come to a stop when approaching a school bus that has its stop sign extended and is displaying its flashing red lights. Florida Statute Section 316.172, FS provides that:

  • Drivers who pass a school bus illegally on the left side commit a moving violation, punishable under Chapter 318, FS.
  • Drivers who pass a school bus illegally on the right side where students enter or exit the bus commit a moving violation, punishable under Chapter 318, FS and are subject to a mandatory hearing.

Palm Beach County Passing a School Bus Ticket Attorney

If you received a citation for passing a school bus then contact a traffic ticket attorney at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Our attorneys represent clients on civil traffic citations such as passing a school bus locations throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County, including the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach and the South County Traffic Court in Delray Beach, as well as the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale and the South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood.

Info on Failure to Stop for a School Bus Citations in Palm Beach Area

Back to top

Penalties for Passing a School Bus

Under Florida Statute Section 318.18, the penalties for a violation depend on a variety of factors including whether the pass occurred on the left side or right side of the bus and the number of prior convictions.

Pass on the left side of the bus:

1st offense:

  • A fine of $165.

2nd or subsequent offense (within 5 years):

  • A fine of $165; and
  • License suspension for 90 days to 6 months.

Pass on the right side of the bus:
1st offense:

  • A fine of $265.

2nd or subsequent offense (within 5 years):

  • A fine of $265;
  • License suspension for 180 days to one year; and 
  • A mandatory hearing.

Back to top

Driver Improvement Course Under Florida Statute Section 322.0261

If convicted of passing the school bus, the driver must, in addition to any other penalties, attend a driver improvement course approved by the Florida DHSMV. If the driver fails to complete the driver improvement course within 90 days after receiving notice and provide proof to the clerk's office in Palm Beach County or Broward County, then his or her driver license will be canceled until the course is successfully completed.

As provided in Florida Statute Section 322.27, for any violation of Florida Statute Section 316.72, 4 points will be assessed against the driver's license.

Back to top

Information on Passing a School Bus Infraction

Florida’s School Bus Stop Law -Read more about the importance of following all traffic laws in or around a school zone.

School Bus Laws & Penalties In Florida - Learn more about the penalties for illegally passing a school bus or speeding in a school zone.

Back to top

Finding an Attorney for Passing a School Bus Citation in Fort Lauderdale

If you received a citation for passing a school bus on either the left side or a right side then the experienced attorneys of Meltzer & Bell, P.A. stand ready to fight on your behalf. With thorough knowledge of Florida's court systems, we know how to effectively fight the ticket. To schedule your free consultation regarding your situation, call (561) 557-8686 today.

Tell Us About Your Case

All fields are required. Form use does not create an attorney-client relationship

Money Back Guarantee*
No Points No School No Court Or your money back*
From $45.00* (Non-Moving)

* Some restrictions apply. Non-Criminal infractions only. Court costs additional, if any. Call for more information.

Client Testimonials for Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Client Testimonials
  • ...A long weekend vacation in Palm Beach resulted in the potential for serious consequences that could have set me back in unimaginative ways. M+B was a truly incredible legal advocate and was always accessible within minutes to answer questions and discuss the progress of the case within the system - truly remarkable. I could not have retained better legal representation in my case in Palm Beach County.

  • I just had to commend you on the outstanding job you did on behalf of your client in court yesterday. If my clients were ever to ask me if I know of a good DUI defense attorney, I know to whom I can refer them!

  • I was facing hard prison time and punishment. [Larry] did everything to pull strings and get me into rehab. After meeting with many therapists I finally got one to diagnose me successfully with Bipolar. Thanks to Larry I have been sober since 6/19/09. My health is great and my family life is amazing. It's because he saw something in me and my family that I wasn't just an alcoholic there was something that told me it was something else.

  • I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK!

  • Mr. Steven Bell, Words cant explain how thankful I am for you and your firm. I was facing felony charges and even looking at doing 5 years in jail! Not only did you fight for me, you got my case dismissed and dropped. For that, I don't have words to say “thank you” you were always kind and believed in me. You looked for every opportunity and you won! Thank you for being my guardian angel in disguise and steering me in the right direction. You are forever my “too go guy” thank you soooo much!

Read More
Client Testimonials