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DPS Reminds Drivers to Watch for Children As New School Year Starts

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Texas Department of Public Safety
August 22, 2014, 4:58pm
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AUSTIN -- As the academic year begins, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding all drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses. Drivers must also follow all traffic laws related to school buses and school zones.

“With children heading back to school, drivers can help keep Texas students safe by obeying all speed limits -- especially in posted school zones -- and stopping for school buses,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Individuals who illegally pass stopped school buses endanger our children, and DPS officers will not tolerate drivers who break the law and put others in harm’s way.”

One of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip on a school bus is when they are entering or exiting the bus. Drivers are urged to slow down and pay attention in school zones since children may step into a roadway without checking for oncoming traffic.

State law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal -- either red flashing lights or a stop sign. Drivers should not proceed until the school bus resumes motion; the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated. A driver 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. (If a highway is divided only by a left-turning lane, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop for school buses.)

Drivers who illegally pass school buses face fines up to $1,250 for a first offense. For individuals convicted of this offense more than once, the law allows DPS to suspend the driver license for up to six months. (A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.)

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7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 27, 2014 1:50pm
From what I have seen in LV there should not be any school children being picked up, they are ALL being driven to school in their parents high priced SUVs and Ford F-350s..

August 27, 2014 10:57am
I am a school bus driver for FISD. The only way some people will stop for a school bus is if they are stopped by LAW ENFORCEMENT. And when they are issued the $1,250 ticket, you can BET people will hear about it -straight from ... More ›

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 27, 2014 10:13am
7th Gen There. I made another honest error in one of my comments. The first sentence should read "My fiRst comment ...". Sorry.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 27, 2014 8:53am
7th Gen, My fist comment to you was a cynical jest on the ridiculousness of this law. Apparently your sense of humor didn't recognize the comment and such and took it instead to be a true feeling. I apologize if I confused you.

August 27, 2014 3:58am
$1250 fine for what amounts to attempted murder does not seem lke much of a deterant. First offense should include jail time.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 26, 2014 1:01pm
The role of government (school, city, state, national) seems to be to complicate and confuse that which is obvious and logical to us. Most of them do a very good job.

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 25, 2014 10:50pm
Bob the traffic jam this rule change caused was terrible. Was I the only one who saw it? The rule would work if there was a center change lane. The line of cars extended from city hall to the primary school.

Bob Pritts  
St Hedwig, TX  
August 25, 2014 4:13pm
7th Gen, Of course they thought it out like a typical government agency. Parents cannot exit the building using a left hand turn in order to avoid possible accidents that could injure a couple of passengers. But school buses ... More ›

7th Generation La Vernian  
La Vernia  
August 25, 2014 1:08pm
No left rule in La Vernia did not work. The traffic was 5 times as bad having the no turn rule in effect. Did anyone think this through?

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