Passing A Stopped School Bus in New York, also known as New York Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1174 (“VTL § 1174”), is one of the more serious violations a driver can be accused of and it can have hefty consequences if not handled correctly.
Passing A Stopped School Bus is among the more serious VTL violations because of its potential consequences. No only does this violation assess 5 points to the driving history of a New York State motorist who is convicted, but the fines are hefty. Depending on the number of previous Passing A Stopped School Bus convictions a motorist has, the fine assessed by a judge can range from $250 to $1,000. Or, at the Judge’s discretion, he or she may sentence the driver to imprisonment as part of the sentence. Imprisonment can range from up to 30 days to 180 days. Additionally, a driver may possibly face a license suspension. Conviction of VTL § 1174 can also trigger an automobile insurance increase that can cost thousands of dollars over a period of years. If that is not enough, the DMV can assess a fine to a driver which starts at $300.00. To sum up, being convicted of, or pleading guilty to Passing A Stopped School Bus can mean huge fines assessed by the court, possible imprisonment, thousands of dollars in automobile insurance increases, license suspension and a DMV assessment.