Police Start New Patrol To Catch Drivers Not Stopping For School Buses

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Parents and police are both worried about drivers not stopping for school buses as children get on and off.

Wednesday, police tested out a new type of patrol to cite drivers who don't stop when the bus stops.

Wichita public schools parent Shawn Cassity tells us she sees a regular problem at her children's bus stop.

"I constantly see people speeding around the buses and not stopping for the kids either getting on or getting off,” Cassity said.

Cassity's not the only one worried. Police tell us after being flooded with complaints from parents and even bus drivers, they came up with a plan to a get a message out to drivers.

"Please take this seriously these are our children,” Lt. Walker Andrews with the Wichita Police Department said.

Police put two officers on board a school bus during morning and afternoon routes. The officers kept an eye out for drivers who didn't stop when the bus stops.

"That is a stop sign and it's very well marked with lights and people need to honor that,” Lt. Andrews said.

If the officers spot someone who doesn't stop, they radio officers waiting nearby who pull the driver over and issue them a ticket.

Wednesday was the first day police tried this new type of patrol, but they say it's something they plan to do on a regular basis.

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