14 school bus stop sign violators cited during special enforcement

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More than a dozen drivers were cited for illegally passing stopped school buses during a county-wide enforcement last week. 

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Myers said 14 school bus stop sign violators were stopped and cited. The special enforcement took place in accordance with National School Bus Safety Week.

Participating agencies included the sheriff's office, the Kansas Highway Patrol and police departments in Wichita, Maize and Haysville. 

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"The agencies involved will continue to make this a top priority to monitor and issue citations when applicable to ensure the safety of our children," Lt. Myers said. 

Fifteen personnel consisting of project supervisors, marked patrol units, unmarked patrol units and motor units participated in the special project.

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Law enforcement agencies across Sedgwick County will work next week to catch drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. 

The special enforcement will take place during National School Bus Safety Week, which is October 22 through October 26. The sheriff's office says deputies will each ride a school bus that has been designated as having the highest recorded violations on its route. 

Assigned deputies will communicate to law enforcement personnel positioned in the area. Any person observed committing a traffic violation will be cited. 

The fine in Kansas for illegally passing a school bus is $170. In other states, it can be above $1,000.

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"We are asking for the public’s assistance with this safety campaign," the sheriff's office said in a news release. "We are asking the public to be aware of school crossings and student drop off locations. Drivers can expect strict enforcement of school bus related traffic violations."

Flashing yellow lights mean you're supposed to yield to the school bus. Flashing red lights mean stop in both directions, even on four-lane highways.

The enforcement is in conjunction with the Kansas Highway Patrol, Wichita Police Department, Maize Police Department and Haysville Police Department.