In time for the start of the new school year, Harris County constables and Klein ISD police teamed up last week to enforce and educate drivers about stopping for stopped school buses.
The initiative took place last week from Tuesday to Thursday and resulted in 51 citations. Of those citations, 21 were issued for failing to stop for a school bus, while 30 were issued for other traffic violations.
“First, it’s to keep kids safe,” Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. “We want people to know we’re out there and just do a measure of crime prevention to keep it from happening and make the public aware of the fines and consequences.”
The fine for passing a school bus while it is stopped to let off students can range from $500 to $1,000 for the first offense, and from $1,000 to $1,800 for the second offense, Herman said.
While Herman said his office has deputies in the community every day watching these buses, the difference here was they used undercover cars to watch for cars passing stopped school buses, who would then radio police cars ahead to stop them