Champion Firm, P.C. August 2019

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AUGUST 2019

WHEN DO YOU NEED TO STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES? FIRST DAYS AND NEW RULES

My oldest child is starting first grade this year. It’s a pretty big deal. Lizzy is really excited; she loved going to school and can’t wait to meet her new teacher. I’m happy to report that I’m not worried about her going to school at all because I got all my worry out last year.

traveling on both sides of the street to stop for a stopped school bus. The previous law was vague on this subject and implied that traffic going the opposite direction of a stopped school bus could keep moving even when children were crossing the street. Now, unless there is a median that separates the lanes, if you’re behind the wheel, you need to stop for school buses no matter what side of the street you’re on. As a parent, I’m all for this law. Sending my daughter to school is stressful enough. Our firm hopes to see a decrease in school bus-related accidents thanks to this law. I don’t have much experience with school buses as a passenger. When I was in first and second grade, I alternated between riding the bus and having my parents drop me off at school, but we moved shortly before I started third grade. Suddenly, my elementary school was within walking distance, and all the kids in our neighborhood walked or rode their bikes to school. I was a third grader biking along to school alone, which, in hindsight, is terrifying. I would never let my daughter bike to school alone!

I’ll admit, it was a little nerve-wracking when she started kindergarten. It was scary to let my daughter go to some new place where I couldn’t be with her and had to trust other people to look after her. But it’s that first stage in your kids growing up, and I’m glad Lizzy is enjoying her school experience so far. I didn’t learn to love school until I was in law school. When I was Lizzy’s age, my favorite class was P.E. because I just wanted to run around. With school starting again in August, consider this a reminder to make more time for your morning commute. The roads are going to get a bit more crowded as buses and parents start taking kids to school again. I know how frustrating it is to get stuck behind a stopped school bus when you’re running late for work, but remember to never try passing a stopped bus. This is for your safety and for the safety of any children who may be crossing the street. On that note, be aware that the laws around stopping for school buses changed earlier this year. In March 2019, Gov. Brian Kemp signed a new bill that requires all traffic “WITH SCHOOL STARTING AGAIN IN AUGUST, CONSIDER THIS A REMINDER TO MAKE MORE TIME FOR YOUR MORNING COMMUTE.”

I want to wish all the teachers, students, and parents good luck in the new school year. Here’s to safe commutes, good grades, and great memories. –Darl Champion

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