In the State of Texas, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) would like to remind drivers that it is illegal to pass any school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. More than 40,000 school buses transport 1.5 million Texas children every school day. A driver who is traveling in either direction must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver cannot continue until the school bus is in motion, the operator has been given a signal by the bus driver to proceed, or the visual signal is no longer on.
Drivers who violate the law could face fines as much as $1,250.
Here are several safety measures drivers can take to help keep children safer:
- When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.
- Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.
- Look for children who might dart into the street without looking for traffic.
- Know and obey the laws concerning traffic and school buses in Texas.
- Obey the posted speed limit.
- Fines double in school zones.
Tips for Students
- Stand far back when you are waiting for the bus.
- Sit still so the driver can pay attention to the road.
- Look both ways if you have to cross the street after getting off the bus, or wait for the driver to signal it’s safe to cross the street.
Please remember to pay attention when driving and obey all traffic laws, especially when those laws are set in place to protect the students riding a bus. Do not rush through a school zone, or pass a bus up simply to get to the next light. Your negligence can cause serious injury to innocent children looking to get home. If you have been injured due to someone’s negligence, please call one of our experienced lawyers for a free consultation.