Michigan State Police reminding drivers to obey school bus laws

Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 5:20 PM EDT
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(08/21/18) - As students head back to school in less than two weeks, Michigan State Police are reminding drivers to obey all traffic laws when it comes to school buses.

Sgt. Rick Jones said drivers are required to stop for school buses when their lights are flashing yellow or red, but he oftentimes finds drivers are preoccupied with other things.

"Some people are just so wrapped up in themselves or are getting on their phone or talking or something. This is all to take care of children," he said.

Aside from distracted driving, Jones said in other situations he'll see drivers purposely speed up through a flashing yellow, which could actually land you a ticket for careless driving.

Also, if there are four lanes of traffic and no median, drivers in all four lanes are required to stop for the bus.

Anyone who thinks they're being sneaky and no one's watching if they blow through a light, think again.

"People are in such a big hurry, or they're passing a bus. We'll get calls from the bus drivers that take license plates," Jones said. "Sometimes there's chronic people that keep driving around them and we will send troopers out to sit at that area that they're going around and we will ticket them for that."

That ticket could cost three points on a driver's license, a hefty fine and the potential of up to 100 hours of community service.