Police cracking down on school bus violations
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Pittsburgh police on Monday announced that extra officers will be working over the next two weeks to enforce the speed limit in school zones and to make sure drivers are properly stopping near school buses.
Commander Scott Schubert said in a news release that officers have cited 126 people for speeding in school zones and cited about a dozen people for inappropriately passing school buses.
State law requires drivers to stop when they are driving behind or approaching an intersection where a school bus has stopped with its red lights flashing. The only exception, the commander said, is that drivers in opposing lanes of traffic may continue to move if there is a physical barrier, such as a guard rail or a median, separating them from the stopped school bus. People who violate these laws could face a 60-day license suspension and a $250 fine and could have five points added to their driving records.
The commander said that Pittsburgh police might use information from school crossing guards, bus drivers or school officials to cite drivers.
First Published September 25, 2012 12:00 am