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Troopers watch for drivers going around school buses in Bastrop

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This week is National School Bus Safety Week and the Texas Department of Public Safety is hoping to put an end to people driving around buses while they're making stops.

Believe it or not, people still do it. According to the Texas Highway Patrol, Troopers issued 449 tickets last year for passing a stopped school bus.

And according to bus drivers for Bastrop ISD, it's a big problem when they're making their stops on Highway 71.

So on Thursday, Bastrop ISD and Goldstar Transit allowed us to ride the bus that makes that route along with DPS spokesperson, Trooper Robbie Barrera.

A trooper in a patrol car was ahead of us and that trooper tells us he caught a driver going around the bus and cited them for it.

"When you see a school bus and the lights are flashing red...stop. Not that it's the law, the important thing is that children are getting on and off the bus. And we don't want to see the crashes out there where someone gets injured or killed," Barrera said.

If you're confused about what the law actually says, Troopers tell us Texas drivers must stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped and operating a visual signal.

The driver can't go until the school bus starts moving again, or the bus driver signals the driver to go ahead or if the visual signal is no longer activated.

Troopers also say if you get caught doing this, the fine is not pretty.

New legislation that took effect last month has increased the penalty. So you could be paying up to $1,250.

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