MORRISTOWN, NJ - A new school year has begun. All drivers are reminded to drive with extra caution in and around a school zone and when children are getting on and off the bus.
Morris Township Police are asking motorists to allow extra time to get to your destination as delays are possible as bus drivers are still getting familiar with their routes.
NJ state law requires that motorists stop at least 25 feet away from a stopped school bus if traveling on a two-lane road, a privately maintained road or on a multi-lane highway where lanes are only separated by lines, stated authorities.
An example of a "multi-lane" highway where the lanes are separated by lines is Hanover Avenue. This road is traveled by many motorists going towards the middle school or in the opposite direction towards route 287 and 24.
The fines for passing a stopped school bus range from $100 - $300 and a judge can also sentence someone up to 15 days in jail or 15 days community service, said police.