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Section A: General News

Obey the law: Don’t pass any stopped school buses

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October 30, 2013 | 1,716 views | 10 comments

AUSTIN -- As part of National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 21-25), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to obey state law by not passing any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal -- either flashing red lights or a stop sign. In addition, Texas Highway Patrol troopers will be enhancing their efforts to catch those drivers who break the law.

During National School Bus Safety Week, troopers in many areas across the state will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who disregard the law. Drivers who violate the law could face fines of as much as $1,250, which were increased in September by new legislation.

In 2012, Texas Highway Patrol troopers issued 449 tickets for passing a stopped school bus. Last year, 840 crashes in Texas involved school buses.

According to Texas statute, a driver -- traveling in either direction -- must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.

If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop. School buses, by law, must stop at all railroad crossings.

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November 5, 2013 8:42pm
I am a FISD bus driver & on Sept 12th of this year, personally witnessed 4 FPD vehicles at HEB Express at 3:45 (during school zone hours). This was very aggravating to me as I have vehicles running my stop lights on a daily ... More ›

Xavier bernal  
San Antonio, Tx  
November 5, 2013 6:31pm
Ok county watch dog, did the research, DPS has been on the buses once all school year and that was the day that channel 5 came down and did their story. Not only that, from what I hear there (from actual drivers), there have ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
November 5, 2013 2:16pm
What about the school bus drivers who don't wear seat belts or are talking on their cell phones with kids in the back?

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
November 5, 2013 1:43pm
The fine should be very hefty - with an automatic 60 day license suspension for the first offense. There is no excuse for passing a stopped school bus with it's red lights flashing.

County Watch Dog  
Wilson Co  
November 5, 2013 1:23pm
Xavier: Fyi the transportation director has a program set up with the local DPS office and he has state troopers riding the school buses, it's been for the past two years he has been and still working with local and county ... More ›

Xavier bernal  
San Antonio, Tx  
November 5, 2013 10:24am
Why doesn't the school personally discuss this issue with the authorities in Floresville and Wilson county? What are they waiting on? For someone to lose thier life. This is a shame and shoes lack of leadership and doing thier ... More ›

Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
November 5, 2013 10:20am
The fine is hefty and no fine is worth a child life but how do u stop it when FPD nor WCSO aren't out there to enforce it. Last week I saw 4 FPD at HEB express while cars were continually passing a bus on 181

November 5, 2013 8:57am
Retiredinlavernia......Shades of Salem. Burn the witches.

November 4, 2013 11:13am
Passing a school bus that is stopped with red lights on should be a felony with state jail time. A year or more at least. It is hard to believe how this happens. A fine is no where near enough for what amounts to attempted murder.

Airborne Trooper  
wilson cty  
November 4, 2013 9:10am
I can tell you in Floresville and Wilson county alone this is a very big problem. On a regular bases I see vehicles passing the bus red lights here on 10th st and on Hwy 97 between showbarn 181. It is rare to see any law enforcement ... More ›

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