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NC Troopers To Enforce Bus Stop Laws This Week

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New enforcement begins in NC at school bus stops. New enforcement begins in NC at school bus stops.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says it will aggressively enforce laws this week that require drivers to stop for school buses.

“In the past, we have followed buses in marked cars, unmarked cars and had troopers on the buses with radios,” said Tpr. Gene Williamson, who’s based in Asheville.

Operation Stop Arm week will continue from 6 a.m. Monday through Friday in the hopes of decreasing violations and reduces school bus collisions.

Since 1998, 13 students in North Carolina have been killed by drivers illegally passing a stopped bus or ignoring its stop signal.

That includes a 17-year-old boy who was killed last Thursday as he crossed a two-lane road northeast of Salisbury to board his bus.

Asheville City Schools transportation director Sue Tripp believes the situation is getting worse.

“My drivers are finding it happen more, especially on the busy roads,” Tripp said.

State law requires drivers to stop when a bus’ lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

Currently, violators may be fined up to $200 and receive 5-points on their license.

It becomes a felony, if someone is injured or dies.

Stricter penalties will go into effect Dec. 1.

Under the Hasani N. Wesley Students’ School Bus Safety Act, drivers who pass a stopped bus will receive a minimum fine of $500 among other penalties. Offenders could also lose their licenses if they hit someone.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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