Due to the pandemic, this has been the most unusual start of the school year that any of us have likely ever experienced. Some schools have started in-person learning, while other schools have opted to start the year with on-line learning. With that being said, the roads seem to be much busier and more kids are out and about near schools.
While drivers are often in a hurry and looking for ways to optimize their driving time, it is important to remember safety is a critical issue especially when school resumes. School buses make frequent stops and are required to follow all traffic laws regarding intersections, railroad crossings, speed limits, and, most of all, loading and unloading their passengers.
It’s important to know the law when school buses and students are concerned.
- Illegally passing school buses can bring fines up to $1,250 for the first offense.
- If convicted of this offense more than once, a driver license can be suspended for up to six months.
- Tickets for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.
- In many circumstances, offenses can include criminal charges.
The Texas Department of Public Safety offers information regarding driving safely when school children are present.
Please honor our children’s safety and drive with caution now that all are back to school.