Reckless Driving For Passing A School Bus

A violation that I frequently encounter in Virginia traffic court is reckless driving for passing a school bus.  As you might imagine many judges take these cases very seriously due in large part to the danger to the children getting on and off the bus.  Reckless driving for passing a school bus is sometimes a confusing violation especially in regard situations involving four lane roads with no median.  If there is a median you are not required to stop for a stopping bus; however, if there is no median you are required to stop for the bus.   

When hearing a reckless driving case for passing a school bus the court will inquire into a number of different factors.  The court will certainly want to know if any children were present and in danger.  For the cases on a four lane road, the bus being on the opposite side of the road would certainly be a factor that would weigh in your favor.  The court will also look at the circumstances such as the speed limit and location of the stop to hills or curves in the road.

When defending reckless driving cases for passing a bus stop there are a number of potential outcomes to be expected.  If you have a good record and the facts are in our favor we may be able to get the case completely dismissed pursuant to the completion of a defensive driving course.  A second potential option would be for a reduction to improper driving which would reduce the number of points going on your record and avoid the misdemeanor conviction.  Finally, some court like to amend this to the civil code section which simply demands a $250.00 without a misdemeanor conviction or points on your record.  If you have been charged with reckless driving for passing a school bus, please feel free to reach out so that we can discuss the specifics of your case.