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Troopers Look for Driving Violations Near School Buses

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Law enforcement officials are on the lookout for drivers not taking care around school buses.

The North Dakota Highway Patrol is getting an inside look at what school bus drivers see during their annual "trooper on a bus" enforcement.

Starting in Steele Tuesday afternoon, a trooper rides on the bus, while another trooper rides in a patrol car a few miles behind.

If a driver goes around the bus when its stop sign is out, the trooper on the bus will radio the other trooper, and the driver could get busted.

Overall, officers want you to always take the extra safe route around schools, buses and children.

"The bus might stop in one lane and of course the children need to cross that lane and the next lane, so that's why we need to make the public aware that when the lights are on, especially the red lights and the red stop sign is on the bus, that they stop because there could be children that could be crossing both lanes of travel." says Sgt. Steven Fischer, Highway Patrol Trooper

Sgt. Fischer says the law has changed that if a bus driver sees a violation, the registered owner of the offender's vehicle can now be cited.

He says the fine for doing so has also gone up from 50 dollars to 100 dollars.

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