West Virginia Drivers handbook conflicts with state law

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A Charleston officer clearly passes by a bus with its stop arm extended, which according to West Virginia State Code is illegal. But what’s being taught to drivers in the West Virginia Licensing Handbook says otherwise.

“If a school bus has to stop on a four lane divided highway, such as US-19, because it’s a limited access highway, divided, the traffic in the opposing lanes do not have to stop, but the traffic in the same lanes do,” Sergeant Shawn Campbell with the Fayette County Sheriffs Office said.

Sgt. Campbell said it’s rare to see people pass a bus with it’s stop arm extended anywhere in the county.
     
“We have some stops where parents meet on the side of that road, not necessarily where children are standing on 19, but where parents meet on the side of that road,” Fayette County Schools Transportation Director Gary Houge said.

Houge urges all drivers to pay attention to the big yellow school bus and its flashing lights.

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