Law enforcement cracks down on drivers passing school buses

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INGHAM COUNTY, MI (WILX) - School is back in session which means drivers will need to look out for more kids and buses on the roads.

Parents have concerns after their children are being dropped off more than hour late by their bus drivers. (Source: MGN Online)

Ingham County Sheriff's deputies have been following buses to make sure everyone follows the law as kids head back to school.

"It's very scary to think that, even if your child lives in a rural district or a subdivision, they could go home with a friend, and if people aren't paying attention or that's a high traffic area, that something could happen catastrophically," said Stephanie Keith who is a bus driver for Mason Public Schools.

Mason bus drivers use what they call a two point system.

They check mirrors twice before signaling for students to cross.

"It's a moving traffic signal. When the yellows are on, slow down, be prepared to stop. When the reds are on, we don't want you any closer than 20 feet and then proceed with caution," said Keith.

Drivers should also remember that kids are unpredictable.

"They might dart into traffic or be excited about crossing the street to get to school. It's our responsibility as adults to make sure that their safety is our number one priority," said Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wrigglesworth.

"Suffice it to say that if you're caught running a school bus, there's probably not going to be any warnings given for that violation," he said.

Passing a school bus with its stop arm out could mean a penalty of three points on your license, a fine of $100 to $500, and possible community service.

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