(October 21, 2013)—State troopers are trailing and in some cases riding on school buses around Texas this week as part of a crackdown on motorists who violate school bus laws.
The effort coincides with National School Bus Safety Week.
Troopers are keeping an eye out for drivers who violate state law by passing school buses that are stopped and displaying either flashing red lights or stop signs.
“The moment when students are entering or exiting the bus is one of the most dangerous times of a student’s trip; and drivers who pass a stopped school bus create a potentially deadly situation,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said.
“The safety of Texas children is paramount, and DPS will not tolerate those who break the law and put our children at risk.”
Drivers caught violating the law could be fined as much as $1,250.
Fines for violations went up in September as the result of new legislation.
In 2012, state troopers issued 449 tickets for passing a stopped school bus.
State transportation officials say 840 traffic accidents involved school buses in 2012.