School Bus Safety

Safety of your children is our highest priority, due to increased violations of passed school buses, as motorists be vigilant and report any illegal passing of school buses to the Ellsworth Police Department.  

According to Maine state law, it is illegal to pass a school bus stopped in any lane of traffic with red lights flashing where there are one or more lanes of traffic. The exception is for separated roadways, or those with lanes divided by curbing or other physical barriers.

Motorists may not proceed until the red lights go off and the bus resumes motion or until the bus driver signals that it is OK to proceed.