06 October 2010

It's School Time: School Bus Dragnet

Several of the school districts in mid-Michigan are making it known: "Stop for school bus signals". In some cities, if you past an extended "stop arm" or flashing red lights, the fine is $295.00 plus 3 points on your license.

In a 1997 survey, 99% of the drivers asked said they considered running past a school bus with flashing red lights or an extended stop arm. This offense is considered more dangerous than running a red light or racing another driver because children may be darting around the bus.

In Michigan, state laws require stopping. There are now police officers in Fenton, MI who are aboard some of the school buses. They radio ahead to police cruisers if a driver goes past the school bus "stop" signals.