National School Bus Safety Week is Oct 16-20

National School Bus Safety Week is Oct 16-20

In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week (Oct. 16-20), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers that it is illegal to pass any school bus stopped on a highway to load or unload students while flashing red lights are activated.

During this time, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students, watching for motorists violating the school bus law. Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250. Motorists seriously injuring another may face a class A misdemeanor.

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 loading or unloading students. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus arerequired to stop.

Here are several safety measures drivers can take to help keep children safer:

  • When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.
  • Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.
  • Look for children who might dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • Know and obey the laws concerning traffic and school buses in Texas.

- Texas DPS

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