Ok, I know that generally cars in both directions must stop for a school bus loading or unloading. But I found myself in a situation today that I wasn’t sure how to react to.
I live on top of a hill. At the bottom of the hill is a T intersection with a road (one lane in each direction, plus a turning lane) that’s well traveled, although probably not a major thoroughfare. If I turn right, there is a traffic light about 100 feet, left, there’s one perhaps 350 feet. Directly across the road is a gas station.
This afternoon I left my apartment. When I got to the bottom of the hill, a school bus was stopped just past my road, towards the left, with the back end of the bus stopped past my road - probably about 15-20 feet further to the left than the intersection. Traffic in both directions was stopped, as required. I was turning right, which meant that no traffic was moving towards me, and I could turn.
I debated, then turned, thinking that if I had passed the bus before it turned on it’s stopping flashers and put out the sign, I would have continued, not stopped. But I continue to wonder - there were two options, to stay stopped at the bottom of the hill until traffic began to move again, then turn when traffic allowed, or stop at the stop sign, turn right and proceed to the light.
While there were no police officers, and no one indicated that I’d screwed up, it was just a situation I’d never been in before. So, what was the right (legal) way to handle the situation?
(Just a note, the idea of hitting a pedestrian, particularly a child, when I’m driving as a particular fear of mine. This is one reason I make sure I obey school zones when they are in effect, even when the people behind me are tailgating - I figure the school zone continues from flashing light to flashing light unless otherwise indicated. So this isn’t about what’s convenient for me, but what was the legal way to handle it.)