Sugar Land, TX - In recognition of National School Bus Safety Week from Oct. 17-21, the Sugar Land Police Department reminds motorists that drivers must stop in both directions for school busses when flashing red lights are activated.
Police will be actively looking for drivers who disregard the law during School Bus Safety Week. Illegally passing a school bus carries penalties of:
“The lives of these children are much more precious than the time you might save by passing a school bus,” said Sgt. Daryl Stroud, of SLPD’s Traffic Division. “Children are particularly vulnerable when entering or exiting a school bus, and drivers who refuse to yield to a stopped school bus put our children in harm’s way.”
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.
If a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with alternating red flashing lights activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop. As a reminder, school buses, by law, must stop at all railroad crossings.