Is a traffic ticket for passing a stopped school bus in New York State a bad violation? Yes! Courts take this offense seriously and enforce maximum penalties. This violation is discussed in two different sections of the law, NYS VTL §§ 1174-a, 375.20, and must be read together to get the whole picture.
A driver must stop for a school bus in either direction when:
1. the school bus is stopped on a public highway, street or private road and