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Deputies Ride School Buses

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Some kids may have noticed a new face when they hopped onto the bus this morning.

Deputies from the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department are riding along bus routes to monitor safety and traffic violations.

This is the 5th year of the Deputy on the Bus program.

Officers monitor traffic and look for violations such as passing a stopped school bus when the stop arms are out and speeding through school zones.

Last year, deputies on the buses gave out 27 citations.

Mike Stoltz says every year since the program began, the number of citations given out decreases.

He enjoys saying hi to the kids as they get on the bus.

"We like to work with the kids, you know, basically, you know, it's kind of a one on one with the kids when they come in here and we talk to them and make them feel like we're normal people, you know, we don't want them to be scared. We talk to them. I think it helps them to get comfortable with us," says Mike Stoltz, Burleigh County Sheriff's Dept.

Since many students are on buses for a long amount of time, deputies also want to stress the importance of yielding to the buses and letting them go first.

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