After a 10-year-old student was struck last year by a driver who failed to stop for a loading school bus, the Lake Travis school district mounted cameras on a bus to find out how often vehicles illegally passed.
The answer was about once a day — 91 times during the 90-day pilot program.
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State law requires drivers approaching from either direction to stop when a school bus is stopped and displaying a visual signal, such as red flashing lights or a stop sign. Drivers should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion, or the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed, or the visual signal is no longer activated.
A driver going the opposite direction does not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a highway with roadways separated by an intervening space or physical barrier.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety
Central Texas school districts that participated in a 90-day pilot program using one school bus each recorded dozens of drivers who illegally passed while the bus was loading or unloading school children.
Lake Travis – 91 violations
Leander – 66 violations
Round Rock – 45 violations
San Marcos – 77 violations
Source: Force Multiplier Solutions