Q: Is passing a parked school bus in a parking lot a violation?
The buses were lined up along the front of the school, in the parking lot, loading students. The school parking lot is opposite where the buses line up. I was pulling into a parking spot. There were no pedestrians anywhere in the lot. The school resource officer ran over and said he was writing me a ticket for overtaking and passing 4 school buses. The NH RSA 265:54 states that if a bus is in a designated loading zone, which it was, it can be passed. It also states that if a bus is overtaken & passed "on a way or highway" which it was not. It was a parking lot. So how did I do anything wrong? There IS no other place to park to gain access to the school, the buses sit out front for 10-15 minutes. I was there picking up my son early to get to an appointment, which we had to reschedule due to the hold up. I feel that this is unfair and that I only recieved a ticket because I expressed my frustration to the officer and he got in my face in front of my kids and the whole school.
A: Tell this to the judge. Sounds like you have a pretty good argument.
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