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Schools re-open January 2, 2014 and Baltimore County police will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to pick up or discharge students. Drivers put County children at risk for serious injury or death when passing a stopped school bus.

Maryland law states that vehicles must come to a complete stop on both sides of the street if there is no physical divider or barrier. Drivers may not pass the bus until all lights have ceased flashing.

  • Drivers passing school buses while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and issued a 3-point penalty on their record.
  • Drivers who stop but then proceed while the lights are flashing will be fined $570 and a 2-point penalty will be charged.
  • If an accident occurs after the driver has stopped then proceeds to pass the bus, he or she will be fined $610 and will be charged 3-points.

Police will be patrolling throughout the County and will ticket drivers who do not obey. When a driver is pulled over, officers will check to see if the person has a valid operator’s license. The vehicle’s registration will be checked as well to see if there are any outstanding tickets. If a driver has a revoked or suspended license, he or she will be taken into custody.

Children don’t always pay attention when crossing the street. Be a responsible driver and stop when a school bus is loading and unloading students.

Update (November 19): Crash investigators have completed the reconstruction of the school bus crash. The driver was found to be traveling 43 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. The driver told investigators that she was checking the rearview mirror when she drifted to the right and that the rear wheel dropped off the roadway. She lost control while attempting to correct the bus path, causing the bus to travel into the opposite lane, and then roll over onto the side.

The driver was found at fault in the single vehicle crash. No citations will be issued.

The Baltimore County Police Department's Crash Team has begun an investigation of a Baltimore County Public School bus crash that occurred this morning in the 10800 block of Greenspring Avenue in Precinct 4/Pikesville.

The bus, en route to Pikesville Middle School, rolled over and came to rest in a wooded area along the side of the road. The Crash Team is in the beginning stages of the investigation; it has not identified a cause for the crash at this time.

Police, Fire and EMS personnel were dispatched at 7:29 a.m., with the first medic unit arriving at 7:37 a.m. EMS personnel found that the driver and the students had evacuated the bus on their own, before first responders arrived. Fire personnel conducted a thorough search of the bus and found no one trapped.

A total of 10 students were riding the bus at the time of the crash. Five of the students and the bus driver, a woman, were transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. The parents of the other five declined treatment.

The bus driver was transported to Sinai Trauma; the students went to Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric center and to Greater Baltimore Medical Center.

Baltimore County Public Schools will conduct an internal investigation of the incident.

Revised November 19, 2013

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