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Motorists still failing to stop for stopped school buses

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When our cameras were on the scene, people were a little more mindful of the law. When our cameras were on the scene, people were a little more mindful of the law.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Passing a school bus that's loading or unloading children is almost always illegal. Despite that, many people still see it happening all of the time. One parent in South Tyler says he sees it happening several times a week when his own children are getting off the bus.

Tuesday, he called us out to his children's bus stop on Highway 155 South to see for ourselves. The school bus stop is located on a busy highway and since class has started up again, Brian Hunt has seen cars failing to stop when his children are getting off the bus.

"Not every single day, but probably four days out of the week,"  explains Brian Hunt.

Security cameras at Hunt's home captured video of the bus making its daily stop. As Hunt's children are getting off, you can see cars flying by.

"It's dangerous not just for my two kids but for all of the kids on the bus," says Hunt.

When our cameras were on the scene, people were a little more mindful of the law. Most cars, except for two, stopped when the bus turned on their flashing lights. Hunt says it's a problem the bus drivers tell him they see all too often.

"They're just as frustrated and their hands are kind of tied. Some of the buses have cameras. Some don't. The DPS, they can't be everywhere at all times, so we just have to do what we can do," says Hunt.

There are a few situations in which a motorist does not have to stop for a loading or unloading school bus. According to the Texas Transportation Code, motorists do not have to stop for a loading or unloading school bus when the bus stops on a controlled access highway, in a loading zone or on a roadway where pedestrians aren't allowed to cross.

According to Tyler police, the vehicles that aren't stopping in front of Hunt's home are breaking the law.

"Just pay attention when it's a big yellow bus with the lights flashing. Stop," asks Hunt.

If you choose not to stop, be prepared to fork over a fine. The Texas State Legislature just increased the maximum fine from $1,000 to $1,250. The state legislature also added an additional fine for people who break this law multiple times within five years. Those repeat offenders could be fined up to $2,000.

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