A video released by Dallas County Schools today shows what can happen when a motorist ignores the stop signs and flashing lights on a school bus.
The Sept. 1 video, captured by the school bus camera, shows the car side-swiping a Richardson school district student, 12, who suffered minor injuries. The mother of the student said he is distraught and afraid to ride the bus now, according to a press release from Dallas County Schools.
The child’s mother agreed to release the video to show the danger when drivers don’t stop, the release says.
Drivers illegally pass a stopped school bus more than 400 times daily in Dallas. The number was not available from the Fort Worth school district because its buses do not have side-mounted cameras, said Clint Bond, Fort Worth school district external and emergency communications director.
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Passing a school bus when children are being picked up or dropped off is illegal, even if drivers are on the opposite side of the road. Drivers do not have to stop when the road is divided by a median.
Rafael Sears: 817-390-7657, @searsrafael