Avoiding a School Bus Accident in Detroit, Michigan and the Surrounding Areas
Michigan has a statute protecting emergency, work, and school zones:
Sec. 601b. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of this act, a person responsible for a moving violation in a work zone, at an emergency scene, or in a school zone during the period beginning 30 minutes before school in the morning and through 30 minutes after school in the afternoon, or in a school bus zone is subject to a fine that is double the fine otherwise prescribed for that moving violation.
(2) A person who commits a moving violation in a work zone or a school bus zone for which not fewer than 3 points are assigned under section 320a1 and as a result causes injury to another person in the work zone or school bus zone is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000.00 or imprisonment for not more than 1 year, or both.
(3) A person who commits a moving violation in a work zone or school bus zone for which not fewer than 3 points are assigned under section 320a and as a result causes death to another person in the work zone or school bus zone is guilty of a felony punishable by a fine of not more than $7,500.00 or by imprisonment for not more than 15 years, or both.
(4) Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply if the injury or death was caused by the negligence of the injured or deceased person in the work zone or school bus zone.
What does all that mean?
Well, any moving violation ticket in a designated school, work, or emergency zone is subject to a double fine penalty. If you injure a person in any of the above zones, then you are subject to a misdemeanor and a fine not more than $1,000. But, if you kill a person in any of the designated areas, then you are guilty of a felony and a fine not more than $7,500.
When approaching an emergency, work, or school zone:
- Slow down
- Use the utmost caution
- Turn your radio down
- Follow the flow of traffic
Although it’s simple, following these steps significantly reduce the chances of an accident. Our firm works hard to try and eliminate the very injuries we often defend.
We’ve been fighting Detroit and Metro Detroit car, motorcycle, bus, truck, and pedestrian accidents for over 30 years. You don’t pay until we collect from the person that injured you.
If you’ve been injured in Detroit, Southfield, Hamtramck, Dearborn, Flint, Southgate, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Livonia, Ann Arbor, or any of the other surrounding areas as a result of someone else’s negligence, then contact our firm immediately and get the recovery that you deserve.