One Word Acquits Man Who Failed To Stop For A School Bus

busSemantics vs. common acceptance of the law leads to Virginian man being acquitted. The Washington Post reports:

Virginia law on passing a stopped school bus has been clear for 40 years. Here – read it yourself:

“A person is guilty of reckless driving who fails to stop, when approaching from any direction, any school bus which is stopped on any highway, private road or school driveway for the purpose of taking on or discharging children.”

Yes, drivers must stop a school bus which is, er, stopped. Wait. Is something missing there?

Indeed. The preposition “at” was deleted in 1970 when the law was amended, the statute’s history shows. And a man who zipped past a school bus, while it was picking up children with its lights flashing and stop sign extended, was found not guilty recently by a Fairfax County Circuit Court judge.

[Continues at The Washington Post]