The Texas Department of Public Safety has Highway Patrol troopers riding buses and monitoring drivers around school buses this week as they crack down on traffic safety problems.
DPS’ is in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week which runs through Friday. The troopers will either be on the bus or following it closely looking for drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Troopers will also be patrolling where buses pick up and drop off students looking for bad drivers.
Tuesday, KVUE went out with a DPS trooper as he looked for violators in Liberty Hill. We saw the trooper pull one driver over for passing a stopped school bus.
It’s no small task of monitoring the school buses as the Texas Education Agency said more than 42,000 school buses move 1.5 million Texas children every school day.
In the state of Texas, a driver in either direction has to stop when coming upon a bus that is stopped and operating a signal. The driver can’t move forward until either the school bus moves; the driver is signaled by the bus driver to move forward; or the visual signal is shut off.
Additionally, if a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the road must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. If lanes are separated by a media or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.
DPS said drivers should also watch out for student pedestrians; slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops; and look for children who might run into the street without looking for traffic.