Georgetown considers tickets for drivers who illegally pass school buses

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The City of San Marcos isn’t the only city in Central Texas trying to crack down drivers who aren’t stopping for school buses that stopped with a stop arm and flashing lights.

On Jan. 28, the Georgetown City Council approved the first reading to install cameras on Georgetown Independent School District school buses to catch violators and then issue those driver’s tickets.

An Interlocal Agreement will allow the City to partner with the GISD along with American Traffic Solutions to install the cameras.

When vehicles illegally pass the school bus stop arm, the cameras will capture the images and video and send it to American Traffic Solutions.

A law enforcement personnel will review the image and video before a citation is sent to the vehicle owner. The violation will cost $300.

American Traffic Solutions will take 60 percent of the money collected and the rest of the pie will be divided between the City and GISD.

The second reading of the ordinance will be held during the Feb. 11 meeting.

State Law

State law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal – either red flashing lights or a stop sign.  A driver does not have to stop for a school bus if it is on a highway, but if a highway is divided only by a left-turning lane, the driver must stop.

If an officer sees you commit the violation, the maximum fine for a first offense will is $1,250. A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.

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