September 05, 2017 01:52 PM
School districts and municipalities across the state are reminding motorists to drive safely around school buses, and that the fine for not stopping for one with its arm extended has gone up by $200.
The fine increase took effect Aug. 1. It makes the penalty now $500 for drivers who do not stop for buses whose flashing lights are activated and crossing arm extended.
According to the state Department of Public Safety, a survey of 3,659 bus drivers across the state reported 703 stop arm violations in a single day. The department says that in the past six years the state wrote 8,794 tickets for stop arm violations.
The department's website says at least 10,000 school buses make trips daily during the school year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says children are eight times safer riding to school in a bus than in any other vehicle.
The DPS website also reports there were 3,396 school bus crashes that resulted in 13 deaths between 2011 and 2015.
According to the DPS website, which posts legal and suggested guidelines for both drivers and students:
Updated: September 05, 2017 01:52 PM
Created: September 05, 2017 11:54 AM
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