Back To School

School is now in session!

Over the summer, drivers haven’t had to worry about school busses or children near the street. However, with school starting, 49th Street Bail Bonds wants to remind drivers about the law for stopping when a school bus is present and driving in school zones.

When To Stop?

You must stop for a school bus if the bus has its lights flashing no matter if you are behind the bus or traveling towards the bus. The only exception to this rule is if you are traveling in the opposite direction of the bus on a divided highway and there is at least five feet of unpaved space, a raised median, or a physical barrier such as an abutment separating your road from the road that the bus is on. You must remain stopped for a school bus until the children have crossed the road and the school bus has lowered the stop arm.


Those who do not heed these rules face penalties for passing a stopped school bus. Those penalties can include: 4 points on your driver’s license, a moving violation, being required to take a driver improvement course, and a fine. The minimum fine is $165. If you pass on the side where the children enter and exit the bus then the minimum fine is $265. Additional penalties apply if you passed a school bus and that results in serious bodily injury or death of another person.

Make sure that you slow down when approaching a school zone. Besides keeping children safe, it is the law. If you speed in a school zone then be prepared to pay hefty fines. Pay attention to the road and obey school crossing guards. Be aware that kids will be kids and might dart out in front of you. Better to be safe than sorry.

We are the Bondsman on 49th!

49th Street Bail Bonds offers bonds for clients facing numerous charges including traffic violations, DUI, assault, drug trafficking, and more. To start the bail bond process, please call 727-592-0000. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year. If you or a loved one needs a bail bond agency, rely on us for our expertise and call 727-592-0000.

Our experienced and knowledgeable bail bond agents are ready to help you navigate the ins and outs of the bail bond process. They can assist you with paperwork, explain the bail bond process, and answer questions regarding the criminal justice system.

We have helped many clients across Pinellas County including Clearwater, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, the greater Tampa Bay area, Largo, Seminole, Bay Pines, Indian Rock Beach, and Madeira Beach. Don’t go it alone, we can help! Please call us at 727-592-0000 today!