New mandatory fines have been implemented for a conviction of misdemeanor passing a stopped school bus, in the amount of $500. A second misdemeanor conviction within three years results in a one-year revocation of an individual’s license. A conviction results in four insurance points (and five license points), and PJCs are not available.
Failure to pay court costs and fines assessed under this statute, N.C.G.S. § 20-217, prevents an individual from registering or renewing the registration for any vehicle they own.
It is a Class I felony, with a minimum $1,250 fine, if a person is struck during the commission of this offense, coupled with a two-year license revocation period. If death results, it is a Class H felony, with a minimum $2,500 fine and a three-year license revocation. A limited driving privilege for either felony is available after six months.
Passing a stopped school bus is an aggravating factor for the purposes of DWI sentencing.
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