Lorton, VA asked in Traffic Tickets for Virginia

Q: Is there an established definition of a Divided Highway in Virginia?

Related to School Bus law that states you do not need to stop for a School Bus if it is on the opposite side of a Divided Highway.

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Gary D. Godman
Gary D. Godman
  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Stafford, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: From the motor vehicle section of the Virginia Code, section 46.2-100:

"A highway may include two or more roadways if divided by a physical barrier or barriers or an unpaved area."

The division for the school bus stops includes a physical barrier (i.e. short concrete wall) or an unpaved area (i.e. grass/dirt). As a practical matter, stop for the bus if you have any doubt - better safe for the kids' sake.

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