August 10, 2015 – in Car Accidents, Personal Injury Law, Risk Reduction on the Road, Serious Injury & Death

Atlanta Weekend in Review: School Bus Laws & Car Crashes

This is the weekend review for August 7-9, 2015 in Atlanta.

A reminder on traffic laws relating to school buses

Seems like all students have now returned to school.  Drivers should keep in mind that passing a school bus while it is stopped to pick up or drop off children is a citable offense under O.C.G.A. 4-6-163 – Duty of Driver Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus [see official statute below].  Gwinnett County reports that they have more 1900 school buses on the road each school day.  Work to install more than 300 cameras to the school bus stop arms was completed over the 2015 summer break.  The cameras will allow the police department to observe and cite drivers who do not obey the school bus traffic control devices.  Police report that most violations occur on multi-lane roads such as Jimmy Carter Blvd.

Please do your part to keep school children safe and do not pass a school bus with its stop-arm activated.

Car crash in Dekalb County results in death of passenger

A crash in DeKalb County involving a car which struck a vehicle parked in a driveway and then the corner of the garage resulted in the death of a passenger in the vehicle.  Police continue to investigate the crash and we will follow up with more updates as information becomes available.

Second car crash results in death of driver and passenger

In a separate and unrelated crash which occurred at about 9:30PM on Sunday evening, a northbound Camaro on Wesley Chapel Road struck a Honda Accord in the center turn lane.  The driver and passenger of the Accord died at the scene.  The Camaro driver, reported to be 25 year old Donte Grant, was taken to Grady Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Pickup truck crashes into house in SW Atlanta

An allegedly stolen pickup truck was crashed into a house in SW Atlanta around 8:00AM on Monday, August 10, 2015.  Reports indicate that the truck owner witnessed the theft of his vehicle.  He confronted the thieves who drove off hastily and lost control, ultimately crashing the vehicle into the home on Holderness Street, SW.  One of the thieves was taken to Grady Hospital for treatment where he was later charged with criminal conduct.  A resident of the home that was struck was at the house at the time the crash occurred, but reports indicate they were not injured.

O.C.G.A. 4-6-163
Duty of Driver Meeting or Overtaking a School Bus

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this Code section, the driver of a vehicle meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus stopped on the highway shall stop before reaching such school bus when there are in operation on the school bus the visual signals as specified in Code Sections 40-8-111 and 40-8-115, and such driver shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated.

(b) The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on a different roadway, or upon a controlled-access highway when the school bus is stopped in a loading zone which is a part of or adjacent to such highway and where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

(c) Every school bus driver who observes a violation of subsection (a) of this Code section is authorized and directed to record specifically the vehicle description, license number of the offending vehicle, and time and place of occurrence on forms furnished by the Department of Public Safety. Such report shall be submitted within 15 days of the occurrence of the violation to the local law enforcement agency which has law enforcement jurisdiction where the alleged offense occurred.