Local Police Plan Intensive School Bus Traffic Operation

WACO (April 29, 2014) If you’re driving on Wednesday or Thursday morning in certain parts of Waco and you see a big yellow bus, you better pay attention because it’s the police you won’t see who will stop you.

On Wednesday and Thursday the Waco Police Department will hold an intensive traffic intervention program aimed at drivers who ignore state laws with respect to school buses.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said several police officers will team up with Waco school district police and bus drivers and fan out over the city to watch for drivers who ignore the law.

Officers on the buses will communicate with patrol officers on the streets who will be directed to stop drivers if they ignore the law.

The enforcement effort is aimed at drivers who pass school buses when the bus driver has activated the stoplights.

“Motorists are required to stop before reaching a school bus when the bus has displayed its flashing red lights and/or has the stop sign extended,” Swanton said.

The fine for illegally passing a school bus can range from $500 to $1,200, Swanton said.

Swanton said Waco police will conduct a “live” Facebook and Twitter “Ride-Along” during the event.

“These feeds can be monitored at the Facebook page “Waco Police Department” and the Twitter account of @WacoPolice,” Swanton said.

“We remind our citizens to please help us keep our children safe and follow traffic regulations that are developed to protect everyone,” Swanton said.

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