Police stepping up patrols of school bus routes

AUSTIN (KXAN) — ‘Stop on Red, Kids Ahead’ is the name of a new school bus safety initiative. The initiative will promote school bus safety through education and enforcement.

The initiative is a regional effort between the Leander Police Department, the Austin Police Department, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and several other law enforcement agencies in the area. During the initiative, which runs all next week, officers will be focusing on citing any drivers who do not come to a complete stop for school buses. Officers will also be shadowing school buses on their routes as a way to catch drivers breaking the law.

The Leander Police Department has also used social media as a way to educate drivers on school bus laws. Leander Chief of Police Greg Minton feels the population boom around the region is one of the reasons many drivers are still breaking the law.

“I think every year we have new drivers coming onto the roads. I think with phones in vehicles as well, people are more distracted. We’re getting busier with a lot more density in our area, a lot of traffic. More people are in a hurry to get to where they got to go,” says Minton.

‘Stop on Red. Kids Ahead’ will coincide with National School Bus Safety Week, which kicks off Monday, Oct. 19.

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