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DPS warning drivers about increased fine for school bus-related violations

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East Texas kids are back in the classroom Monday and the Texas Department of Public Safety is warning drivers about an increase in fines for bus-related violations.

Beginning September 1, drivers who illegally pass school buses will now face higher fines. The fine for a first offense will increase from $1,000 to $1,250. Drivers who commit a second offense will have their license suspended for up to six months.

The most dangerous time of a child's trip on a school bus in when that child is entering or exiting the bus. Texas law requires that approaching drivers stop when a bus is stopped and operating a visual signal, either flashing red lights or a stop sign. Drivers do not have to stop for a bus if it is on a highway with a physical barrier or intervening space, such as a concrete or grass median. If a highway is only divided by a left turning lane, the roadways are not considered separated, and drivers must stop.

Drivers are cautioned to slow down and pay attention in school zones as well.

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