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Stepped-up Law Enforcement to Target Drivers Passing Stopped School Buses PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Thursday, 01 October 2009 06:20

Law enforcement agencies, the North Carolina District Attorney’s Office, and Watauga County Schools are teaming up to put an end to drivers passing stopped school buses within Watauga County.


Marshall Aschraft, of WCS, said the new child safety initiative includes both increased enforcement and tougher prosecution.

One way officials are looking to step up enforcement is to have unmarked patrol vehicles follow school buses on selected routes.  Law enforcement officials are also planning on placing officers on buses that are frequently being passed while picking up or dropping off children.  Plans are also in the works to add cameras on school buses to film violations to support prosecution.

Passing a stopped school bus is not only dangerous; it can also be expensive.  A conviction for passing a stopped school bus adds 5 points to a standard driver’s license and if the driver is operating a commercial vehicle, the violation is 8 points.

The fine is up to $200 and the driver’s auto insurance bill is likely to increase by 80%, costing hundreds or thousands of dollars more over the next several years.


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