Drivers in Holt not stopping for school buses

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Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 7:40 AM EDT
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Students have been back to school for a little over a month and almost every day Holt bus drivers are seeing cars who are not stopping for buses even though the flashing lights are on. That has Deputies with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office Delhi Division taking a new approach to try and prevent violations.

"It's a simple issue of safety regarding children," said Deputy Matt Hutting.

When drivers don't stop for the buses flashing lights, they better be prepared to stop for a deputy. Hutting and a team of deputies are keeping watch at bus stops, even getting on buses to make sure kids get to school and home safely.

"You get to a point where you're like 'come on, really?' It's frustrating as well because you would think that as this goes on more and more through time that people would understand that 'hey if I see a stop sign or a stop light I need to stop,'" Hutting added.

Deputiy Hutting says many time the drivers see the lights flashing on the bus, but instead of stopping they try to speed through.

"You don't want to do that because you don't know for sure where they're going to stop and you want to make sure that you're not putting kids in danger," he noted.

Deputies hope increasing patrols during the morning and afternoon bus runs will make a difference. There are also cameras on some of Holt's buses and deputies will look at that footage if a driver reports a violation.

For Hutting the the goal isn't giving out tickets, it's about getting drivers to slow down and see the bigger picture.

"These school buses they're not trying to make your day you know worse by holding you up from work, they're doing what you would expect them to do, trying to keep children safe," Hutting said.