Is passing on Mercury Drive OK?
Lt. Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department said Chuck is correct.
"This lane cannot be used for any type of passing," Kempker explained. "It is used as a turn lane only."
So, whether or not the bus drivers wave you by, you should not pass them.
"By state law, you technically cannot pass them using the turn lane," Kempker said. "Some bus drivers are instructed to pull to the far right and allow cars to pass — but, in this case, I believe there are curbs in that area."
However, you will need to go around a stationary vehicle in the roadway, such as the power company tree-trimmers or a rare moving van parked in the street. Slow down and proceed around them cautiously.
"Anytime you go around a stationary vehicle, proceed with caution because people may be out in the roadway area working," Kempker added.