National School Bus Safety Week begins today, and the Texas Department of Public Safety has a friendly warning to drivers: Obey the law prohibiting motorist from passing stopped school buses or pay a penalty.
Troopers from across the state will be riding on school buses or following them to make sure motorists are following the law. Officials say when drivers disregard the law it needlessly puts children in danger. The agency wants to make sure that motorists make a year-round effort to ensure the safety of students riding buses.
Sgt. Maria Montalvo, Texas DPS Public Information Officer, “While they are entering and exiting those school buses that’s the most dangerous time of their bus route. Please stay focused while you’re driving and while being around a school bus.”
It is illegal to pass a school bus which is stopped and has a stop sign or red flashing lights. Violators can face a fine of up to $1,250.