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Why grammar matters for school buses

I’ve learned a lot about the law over the past two and a half years, both substantively and procedurally. Particularly, when I describe what law school and the practice of law is like (based on my experience) to someone unfamiliar, I often say that grammar and definitions are very important in this field. Sometimes, a semicolon, comma,  em dash, or a two or three letter word (usually “and” for conjunctive lists and “or” for disjunctive lists) differentiates legal from illegal conduct.

Here is a great example from Virginia where there is (or was) a law against passing stopped school buses. For 40 years, the following was pretty clear:

“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.”

via the Washington Post

Continue reading the article here unless you’re a grammar snob and have already located the error/omission.

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