Tyler, Texas (KETK) — This week, as part of National School Bus Safety Week,Tyler ISD stresses the importance of drivers adhering to state laws to ensure the safety of students. The laws include coming to a complete stop when buses are stopped and operating a visual signal, such as flashing red lights or a stop sign. 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. Ticketed drivers could see fines up to $1,250.
The District, along with various other districts across the state, has partnered with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in an effort to catch motorists who disregard the law and ultimately risk the safety of students entering or exiting the school bus. Over the course of the week, troopers will patrol school bus routes looking for motorists who violate school bus laws.
The Tyler ISDbus fleet has 130 buses that travel over 1.5 million miles a year; averaging approximately 6,500 miles each day. District bus drivers routinely witness motorists failing to stop while children are loading and unloading the bus.
“The Tyler ISD Transportation Department goes to great lengths to ensure the safety of all of those who ride on our buses, but we can only do so much.” John Bagert, Tyler ISD Director of Transportation said. “We also need the cooperation of the community to ensure safety for our students during loading and unloading procedures. Drivers can assist us by being aware of their surroundings while driving near buses and by obeying all traffic laws.”