State Police remind motorists of buses

PITTSBURGH – The Pennsylvania State Police reminds motorists the Parkway North High Occupancy Vehicle lanes are restricted to multi-occupant vehicles from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

HOV lanes are designed to promote ridesharing via carpooling, vanpooling or public transportation, with the exception of motorcycles, to reduce the congestion on Interstate 279.

The State Police will actively be patrolling the HOV and enforcing violations.

The State Police also reminds motorist of their responsibilities when approaching a school bus with flashing signals or entering a school zone.

Any driver meeting or overtaking a stopped bus must stop at least 10 feet from the bus if the signal lights are flashing or the side stop signal arm is activated. Drivers may not proceed until the flashing lights are no longer activated. Running a stop sign or speeding in order to get in front of a school bus are violations.

School bus drivers may report violations, and the driver can be issued a citation and $250 fine.

The school zone speed limit is 15 miles per hour, and traffic signs will indicate the beginning and end of a school zone and pertinent hours. If a driver exceeds the speed limit by more than 11 miles per hour, it is a $500 fine.

Drivers are reminded that many children walk to school and are asked to avoid using electronic devices to improve reaction time and observation.