ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany police are cracking down on drivers who pass school buses while they're loading or unloading students.
City and County Police say they're making an extra effort to keep an eye on buses. All traffic must stop in both directions when a school bus stops and its warning bars come out.
Even if you are on a five-lane road like this with a turn lane in the middle, drivers in both directions must stop. If you're on a divided highway with a grass median, drivers on the opposite side don't have to stop.
"Over half the children killed each year in school bus crashes, it's not actually in the bus," said Safe Communities Coordinator Michele DeMott. "It's children going to and from the bus that are killed by drivers who ignore signs."
Dougherty County School Bus drivers will also take down tag numbers of cars that illegally pass.
The fine for a first offense isn't cheap-- at $350.
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