DPS Troopers on buses to stop illegal passing - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

DPS Troopers on buses to stop illegal passing

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – There may be a State Trooper on your child's school bus this week, but not because of those in the bus, it is because of other drivers on the road.

As part of National School Bus Safety Week, October 18 through the 22nd, DPS officers are riding random school buses statewide  as they look for motorists who illegally pass buses while their red safety lights are flashing. 

"Loading and unloading are the most dangerous times for students who ride school buses, and motorists should remember that state law requires them to stop for a school bus when its red alternating flashing lights are on," said David Baker, DPS Assistant Director with the Texas Highway Patrol. "We'll have Highway Patrol troopers riding random school buses across the state, and we'll issue citations to drivers who violate the law." Violators could face fines of up to $1,000.

Although 35,000 school buses transport 1.4 million Texas children daily, school buses provide one of the safest modes of transportation, accounting for less than one-half of one percent of Texas roadway crashes.

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