Drivers along one of Duncanville ISD’s school bus routes saw flashing police lights Thursday, October 22 as the school district partnered with Duncanville Police to raise awareness of school bus safety. An officer rode on the bus with students and alerted nearby patrol officers when he saw drivers violate the law. Several drivers were stopped for passing the bus while its flashing lights were on and stop sign was extended.
The school district arranged the ‘Officer on the Bus’ operation in recognition of National School Bus Safety week, October 19-23. More than 6,000 students ride Duncanville ISD buses to school every day, and the buses travel more than 600,000 miles per year.
According to Texas statute, a driver – traveling in either direction – must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal. The driver may not proceed until one of the following occurs: the school bus resumes motion; the operator is signaled by the bus driver to proceed; or the visual signal is no longer activated.
Safety measures recommended by the Texas Department of Public Safety include:
• When driving in school zones, watch out for student pedestrians.
• Slow down and watch for children congregating near bus stops.
• Look for children who might dart into the street without looking for traffic.
• Know and obey the laws concerning traffic and school buses in Texas.