Texas Department of Public Safety troopers will focus their efforts this week on ticketing drivers who illegally pass school buses.
According to the DPS, troopers will either ride on school buses or follow them as they make their rounds during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 17 through 21, to identify drivers who pass the vehicles while they are stopped and operating flashing lights or stop signs.
“Because children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students, looking for motorists violating the school bus law,” the release said. “Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.”
Texas Highway Patrol troopers have issued 1,093 tickets for passing stopped school buses since the beginning of 2015 and investigated 45 crashes in which failure to stop for a bus was a factor, the department said.
“Any time a driver disregards a stopped school bus, they put children’s lives in danger, and DPS will not tolerate individuals who ignore the law, putting their own convenience before a child’s safety,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “In order to help keep children safe, we urge drivers to always obey the law and remain alert when traveling near a school bus or bus stops where students gather.”