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Havre school buses being retrofitted with extended stop arms

New Montana law raises penalties for passing school buses illegally


Last updated 2/17/2022 at 11:22am

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A six-foot arm holds a stop sign attached to a Havre Public Schools bus, warns drivers not to pass while the bus is loading or unloading passengers.

Havre Public Schools is outfitting its buses with extended stop arms that stick out 6 feet into the oncoming lane when activated, a change mandated by Montana House Bill 267 which requires these new arms and increases the penalties for driving past buses while the arm is extended.

Havre Public Schools Transportation Department Service Attendant and Trainer Allen "Woody" Woodwick said five buses have been retrofitted so far, but the requirement for extended stop arms doesn't take effect until July so they have time to outfit the rest of the fleet during the summer.

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