DPS Highlights School Bus Safety Efforts

 

AUSTIN, TX (Ben Caxton) — According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 42,000 school buses transport approximately 1.5 million Texas children to and from school every weekday. In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, the Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texans to comply with all safety and traffic laws dealing with school buses. Valentine Radio News Contributor Roxana Hill spoke with Texas Department of Public Safety Information Officer Sgt. Moises Vasquez. “The school bus safety week is designed to encourage law-abiding citizens to continue respecting the school buses anytime that they’re going through their route to pick up children and drop off children.” DPS Director Steven McCraw assured parents that DPS will not tolerate those who recklessly endanger children by ignoring the law. During this period, DPS Highway Patrol Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate the law. It is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign. During National School Bus Safety Week, Troopers in many areas will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who break the law. Because children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students. Sgt. Vasquez said it’s vital that driver’s pay attention when buses are nearby. “It’s important that we’re very vigilant around the school buses because there is a large presence of children around the school buses and in order to keep the well-being of our children we have to keep our eyes open for those moments when we see a school bus in front of us or around us.” Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250. In 2016 and year to date in 2017, Texas Highway Patrol Troopers have issued 1,100 citations and 573 warnings for passing a stopped school bus.

 

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