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Trooper On A School Bus

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Driving a school bus can be a very dangerous job, especially for those who drive routes on North Dakota's highways.

Paul Carmichael's route is along Highway 1806 south of Mandan.

During his route, Carmichael sees many violators who drive through the bus' stop sign when he's dropping kids off.

Today Sgt. Patrick Hudson is riding along with him, looking for those violators.

If Hudson sees a car run the stop sign, he contacts a highway patrol trooper nearby with a license plate number, and a description of the vehicle.

"That's obviously the most potentiously hazardous part of the trip for them is when they're loading or unloading the bus because they're not protected in between where they might exit their home and cross the roadway and into the bus," Sgt. Patrick Hudson said.

There were no violators on today's route, but Carmichael says he sees a lot along Highway 1806, he says many drivers treat the bus like a traffic light.

"Where yellow lights mean go faster and try to beat the bus, really what yellow lights mean is start stopping and be prepared to stop, that a red light is going to come at any given time and you're carrying pretty precious cargo on a school bus, you've got other people's children and most of those children are crossing the road and getting off on a busy highway," Paul Carmichael said.

A violator who is cited for running through a stop sign on a school bus, will face a $50 fine and six points against their driving record.

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