Pct. 5 Constable Chris Jones is urging drivers to pay attention and watch for stopped school buses. When you see a stopped bus and lights are flashing, it’s important to know what to do.
“Our kids and their safety are important to everyone in the community,” said Jones. “When you see flashing red lights and the stop sign is out, please stop. During this time, children are walking in front of school buses, crossing streets and it’s crucial that you are paying attention. We will continue to increase our efforts during these school bus loading and unloading times until drivers become more aware,” added Jones.
Drivers who illegally pass school buses in Texas face fines of up to $1,250 for the first offense. If you’re convicted of the offense more than once, the law allows a person’s driver’s license to be suspended for up to six months.
Jones points out that a ticket for illegally passing a school bus can’t be dismissed through defensive driving. Additionally, the offense could potentially include criminal charges if the driver causes serious bodily injury to another.