Lufkin DPS gets up-close look at school bus violators

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - This morning's patrol for DPS Trooper Greg Sanches put him right behind a school bus driver.

"He's getting ready to make a stop, he said," Trooper Greg Sanches said. "I'll holler at you if somebody runs it."

Central ISD bus driver Albert Johnson knew what we would see.

"There some cars that just sail right by," he said. "You know, make you think the lights are not working, but then you check them and they are working."

Just as they were this morning. Yet when the red light flashes there were motorists who sailed cars right on by.

"One of them has his blinker on right now," Sanches said. "He definitely ran it."

Once troopers got the heads up, they issued violators a citation.

"Some judges have fined motorists as much as $1,000 for not stopping for a school bus," Sanches said. "A stiff penalty, but not as big as killing a child."

Loading and unloading are the most dangerous times for students who ride school buses. Motorists need to be ready for frequent stops, often made just a few feet from one another.

"There's no excuse for gassing the car and taking the chance because you got to remember there are kids on the side of the road that are waiting on that school bus to stop as well," Sanches said.

One of the safest modes of transportation are school buses, accounting for less than one-half of one percent of Texas crashes.

But it only takes one mistake to endanger a child.

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