What Are the Points, Fines, and Surcharges for Passing a School Bus Ticket in Queens & New York?
Passing a school bus is a very serious violation with serious consequences if you are found guilty. Most people know that you cannot pass a bus when children are getting on or off and the lights are flashing. However, some people do not know that you must stop even on a divided or multi-lane road or highway. Please note that there is no judge that will accept ignorance of the law as a defense. Additionally, you must stop at least 20 feet away from the bus. If you are found guilty of a ticket for passing a school bus while the lights are flashing, your fines will range from $250-$400 for the first violation, $600-$750 for the second (within 3 years) and a third can result in a $750-$1000 fine. If convicted, you will receive 5 points on your license. Additionally, you can be jailed for up to 30 days on the first offense and up to 180 days for subsequent convictions. If you have a ticket for passing a school bus and are convicted, expect a substantial increase in your insurance for three to five years. Since the conviction carries 5 points there is a very good chance you will have surcharges from the NYS DMV too.