Most Central Texas schools start back next week, August 25th and FOX 7 wants to help keep your kids safe and make sure you know the rules of the road.
Every year we hear about the problem of drivers passing school buses as they are loading and unloading kids.
AISD has about 500 buses that provide transportation for approximately 20,000 students and they will be hitting the roads soon as school starts.
“Over the last 12 weeks of summer people have seen a decrease in traffic and haven't really thought about it, but now there's going to be 500 buses hitting the roads, you have to be watching for the large yellow school buses, the flashing reds,” AISD Chief Mendez said.
Mendez says when the busses are loading or unloading, drivers must stop.
“A lot of people don't understand if the bus is on a roadway, even a two lane traveling in the same direction you have to stop for the buses loading. Obviously there is some leeway in the law where if you are on a divided highway you don't have to stop,” Mendez said. “So if there is actually a divided median then vehicles traveling the opposite direction of the bus don't have to stop. But we need to make sure people are aware, when those buses are loading and unloading you gotta stop, when the lights are on, you gotta stop.”
Mendez says passing a bus illegally is a class C violation.
“It's punishable up to $600 fine through municipal court so you need to be aware and make sure out kids get to school safe every day," Mendez said.