Ballinger Police have recently found several motorists violating the laws prohibiting the passing of school buses that are stopped while loading or unloading students. When a school bus is stopped with its red warning lights displayed, vehicles traveling in both directions are required to stop until such time as the warning lights are no longer displayed. The only exception to the requirement to stop in both directions is when a physical barrier divides the lanes of traffic between the lane occupied by the bus and the opposite lane. An example of this physical barrier is a dirt center median, such as the median along Hutchings Avenue in South Ballinger.
Violators of the law will be cited, and charges filed as a Class C Misdemeanor. First offense fines range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $1000. Subsequent offenses may be filed as a Class B misdemeanor, with punishment to include jail time.
Ballinger Police urge motorists to use extra caution around school buses and look out for the safety of young people.