Georgia lawmakers: if the bus stops, you should too

February 1, 2019 | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Georgia Senate is wasting no time in trying to undo a change in law affecting school buses that police, prosecutors and school officials say is endangering children.

Last year, the General Assembly amended a law that has long required drivers in oncoming lanes to stop when they encounter a school bus loading or unloading children. The dozen words added to that law were ambiguous enough to produce contrary interpretations.

Legal counsel for lawmakers gave advice, ultimately referenced by then-Gov. Nathan Deal when he signed House Bill 978, that the language didn’t undo the requirement that cars stop for kids. But a higher counsel, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, later contradicted that interpretation in an unofficial opinion in August that said cars no longer have to stop if the road is divided by a painted turn lane.

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