It seems local drivers are not getting the message when it comes to passing a school bus with flashing lights. C-H-P Public Information Officer Greg Tassone says an increasing number of complaints by bus drivers has prompted increased enforcement. Tassone says any time a school bus has it’s red lights on, drivers going in both directions must stop until the red lights are not flashing any longer.
The Highway Patrol is putting more officers near bus stops to catch drivers violating the law. In at least one situation, a driver proceeded through the flashing lights and the three cars behind that driver also decided to go through. All of the drivers were cited by the C-H-P officer sitting on the other side of the bus. Tassone says the safety of the children is the primary reason for the increased enforcement.