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Troopers to ride on school buses
Wilson County NewsMarch 21, 2012 | 2,021 views | 3 comments
Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Highway Patrol are taking an aggressive stand against motorists who disregard red flashing lights on school buses. And they are starting from the inside.
DPS Sgt. J. Ryan Christian, who oversees troopers in Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad counties, said troopers throughout his sergeant area are sharing seats with students aboard school buses, as part of an ongoing initiative to target these errant drivers. This is in response to complaints he received from school districts and residents alike.
Christian said troopers have made arrangements with school district transporttation officials, such as Beaver Wallace of Student Transportation Specialists in Floresville, to randomly post troopers on buses.
“The trooper could be on the bus anywhere,” Christian said. “This isn’t limited to major roadways or smaller roadways.”
Christian stressed that the troopers would not be addressing student behavioral issues on the buses. Rather, one trooper will ride in a bus while another trooper is posted in a patrol vehicle nearby. If the trooper aboard the bus sees a vehicle pass the bus while it is stopped, he will alert the other trooper to stop the offending driver, who will then be issued a traffic citation.
According to Section 545.066 of the Texas Transportation Code, anyone found guilty of passing a school bus that is receiving or discharging students while its flashing lights and stop sign are active can be fined $200 to $1,000 for the first offense. Subsequent offenses are subject to up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Drivers are reminded that they are required to stop for school buses on their same roadway, whenever the red flashing lights and stop signs on the bus are activated. In cases where a grass median or other physical barrier separates two directions of traffic -- such as on U.S. 181 north of Floresville -- Christian said opposing traffic is not required to stop.
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