With school starting for most area school districts this week and next, Denton area roads will be getting much busier. Combine this with the area colleges starting at the end of August, and it can get really hectic around here—especially considering all of the road construction. ☹
While drivers are often in a hurry and looking for ways to optimize their driving time, it is important to remember that 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.