National School Bus Safety Week Begins, Tx DPS Urges Awareness

In conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, which begins on October 16th, the Texas Department of Public Safety is urging drivers to comply with the law prohibiting them from passing stopped school buses.

It is illegal to for drivers to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal – either flashing red lights or a stop sign.

Troopers will be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off students. Drivers who violate the law could be fined up to $1,250.

The Highway Patrol says Troopers have issued 1,100 citations and 573 warnings for passing a stopped school bus in 2016 and so far this year.

According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 42,000 school buses transport approximately 1.5 million Texas children every school day.

National School Bus Safety Week

This year’s theme, “Stop on Red” reminds motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside of school buses. Motorists approaching a stopped school bus from either direction are required to stop at least 10 feet from the bus while the bus is loading or unloading students.  Bus drivers will activate yellow warning lights prior to the stop to warn

Bus drivers will activate yellow warning lights prior to the stop to warn traffic and will display red flashing lights and a stop sign while the bus is stopped. Motorists should be especially vigilant around any stopped school bus – with or without flashing lights. Where a road divided into four or more lanes, only traffic driving in the same direction as the bus must stop.

Students need to cross where the school bus driver can see them, wait for the drivers signal to cross and watch for traffic. The greatest risk to children is when they are outside the school bus. Student injuries and fatalities can occur when motorists attempt to pass a stopped school bus.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

If your child has been injured by a school bus, claims can often be complicated to prove and pursue. Contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case. We will go over the circumstances of the accident and explain your legal options. We have a team of attorneys, legal assistants, nurses and private investigators who are ready to assist.

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