Contact Us

Texas DPS to Step Up Enforcement During School Bus Safety Week

Don Murray, Getty Images

The Texas Department of Public Safety is reminding Texas drivers to obey state law by not passing any stopped school bus with flashing lights or a stop sign.

The week of October 21st through the 25th is designated as National School Bus Safety Week, and Texas DPS says that their troopers will be enhancing their efforts to catch those drivers that break the law.

“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,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “The safety of Texas children is paramount, and DPS will not tolerate those who break the law and put our children at risk.”

During the week, troopers in many areas across the state will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who disregard the law. Drivers who violate the law could face fines of up to $1,250, which was increased by new legislation in September.

Texas Highway Patrol troopers issued 449 tickets for passing a stopped school bus in 2012. Last year, 840 crashes in Texas involved school buses, according to TxDOT.

A driver, traveling in either direction, must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped an operating a visual signal. The motorist may not proceed until 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 with alternating red flashing lights activated. If the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.

More From KFYO

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kfyo.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on News/Talk 790 KFYO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!