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When to stop for a school bus

Sgt. Bob Beres with the South Carolina Highway Patrol wants all drivers to know when they must stop for a school bus. (Photo: WCIV / South Carolina Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol)

As we close in on the date that students grades K-12 will head back to school, the South Carolina Highway Patrol wants to remind drivers of something important.

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In the photo above (click here for a closer look), Trooper Bob with the SCHP holds up a sign that illustrates when you are required to stop for a school bus.

Plain and simple -- on a two lane road, traffic heading in both directions must stop. In a road with four or more lanes, traffic heading in the opposite direction of the bus does not have to stop.

What's the penalty if you don't get it right? It's a $500 fine and six points for the first offense and a $1,000 fine and six points for the second offense.

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