Summit Stage buses implement yield law |

Summit Stage buses implement yield law

The next time a Summit Stage bus merges onto the road, yield.

Summit Stage recently decided to implement a Colorado law that passed in 2009 (CRS 42-4713), requiring drivers to yield as public transit buses with a flashing sign on the back merge into traffic.

“The reason for the law is that we have problems entering traffic once we pull off of the main highway,” said Len Wise, operations manager for Summit Stage. “What it basically says is if a bus pulls out of the stop, and if it has a yield sign flashing on the back of the bus, you have to yield to the bus.”

County officials will enforce the law starting Sunday, March 22, after installing flashing yield signs on the backs of their buses this winter. Drivers who do not follow the law will be ticketed by local police; the violation will cost drivers three points in most cases.

“It’s kind of a new thing for them, so we’ll see how it plays out,” said Summit County Sheriff John Minor. “It’s not going to be much of a fine, though it could be considered careless driving in some circumstances.”

The idea is to make it easier and safer for bus drivers to enter traffic after dropping off passengers. While the law applies to public transit operations, the Summit Stage is the only in Summit system to enforce it so far.

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