DPS Troopers Take Part In National School Bus Safety Week

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - It's National Bus Safety Week and now some bus drivers are rolling out with a more obvious stop sign; a state trooper in tow.

"We need their help anytime we can get it. So people are more aware of what the rules and regulations are. We need to do as much as we can to make sure children are safe," Bus driver Michael Evans said.

School officials say some drivers just aren't obeying the law and are speeding around buses; not looking for kids as they get on and off the bus. The problem is kids aren't watching for cars either.

"Their mind set is to go to school, not look out for vehicles, and our best interest is that the children are safe," Trooper Travis McRee said.

"Stop and stay stopped once you see the lights and the sign showing, don't drive until they go off," Evans said.

Officials say they are finding drivers that can't seem to follow this rule of the road.

"I did stop one person traveling 60 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone and passed a school bus. Their excuse was that they were texting," Trooper McRee said.

Trooper McRee said for the most part, drivers in Midland County have been doing well with obeying the stop signals, but sometimes a reminder reinforces the law.

"We successfully minimize drivers passing school buses. That's why this morning in a two hour hunt, I only got one," Trooper McRee said.

D.P.S Troopers will continue to follow school buses as they make their rounds on Wednesday morning.