10/21/17 – The Dodge County Sheriff is reminding motorists about proper driving etiquette around school buses. School bus violations are being highlighted by Sheriff Dale Schmidt as his October ‘Law of the Month.’ Schmidt says that when the operator of a vehicle approaches a school bus from any direction and the bus is stopped on a street or highway with its flashing red warning lights equipped, the driver must stop no less than 20 feet from the bus and shall remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or turns off the flashing red warning lights. Schmidt told us recently on WBEV’s Community Comment that the same rule applies to law enforcement, even when their lights are flashing. He points out that if the police are not around to catch someone breaking the law, the bus driver can report the incident. A fine for passing a school bus costs $326 dollars and four points against ones driver’s license. Schmidt says what is more important is the danger that it puts others in and the potential criminal and civil liability you could face if a tragedy happens while violating this law.
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