State Troopers To Ride Along With School Buses

Alan Scaia
October 22, 2018 - 9:39 am
School Bus

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - This week is National School Bus Safety Week and State Troopers will ride on school buses and follow them this week as part of an enforcement blitz. 

"We really need our motorists to pay attention when the red lights come on, you have to stop," says DPS Lieutenant Lonny Haschel. "If you don't, you can be issued a citation and it's going to cost over a thousand dollars, $1250 actually."

Since the beginning of 2017, state troopers have issued 1,394 tickets and 685 warnings for people passing buses with their warning lights on.

"Oftentimes, it's distractions in the car," Haschel says. "Whether they're paying attention to kids inside the car, and they don't see what's going on outside, or they're distracted by something inside the car, technology, food, whatever."

The Texas Education Agency says 1.6 million kids across the state ride 43,000 buses every day.

State law requires people to stop if a bus' lights are flashing. Traffic can start moving again when the bus starts moving, the bus driver signals to cars that they can proceed or the lights are turned off.

Traffic in both directions are required to stop unless the two directions are separated by a barrier or grass median. Traffic in both directions must stop if the road is only divided by a turn lane.