Police Continue Patrol That Targets Drivers Who Don't Stop For Buses

By: Parrish Alleman Email
By: Parrish Alleman Email

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wichita police continue to try to tackle a dangerous problem near bus stops.

This is a story KAKE News has been tracking ever since officers came up with a new type of patrol targeting drivers who don't stop for school buses.

Two officers ride along on the bus with students and then radio officers waiting nearby when they spot a driver who doesn't stop.

Bonnie Rush says she sees drivers pass her son's school bus without stopping all the time.

"It happens at least once a week we have somebody running the stop sign. I believe that something needs to be done or a kid's going to get hurt,” Bonnie Rush said.

Wichita police officers they say they know there's a problem and are using a new patrol technique that targets drivers who don't stop when the bus stops.

"It's obviously a big problem that we try to address and we're being proactive in it and trying to prevent this problem from happening or getting worse,” Wichita police Officer Jason Dautrich said.

Although they didn't write any tickets during the patrol Wednesday morning, Officer Dautrich says just being out where drivers can see them is helping.

"You know out here doing this kind of thing, I think it does increase the awareness of people because they see us out there and they pay a little more attention to their driving,” Officer Dautrich said.

Bonnie Rush tells us she's happy to hear police are focusing on bus stop dangers and hope the drivers who speed down her street take notice.

"Maybe after some tickets people will start listening and slow down,” Rush said.

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