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Forum staff reports, Published August 27 2013

Troopers to conduct traffic enforcement from inside school buses

BISMARCK – North Dakota state troopers will get a child’s-eye view of traffic scofflaws Tuesday as they hitch a ride on school buses to watch how car drivers behave along bus pick-up and drop-off routes.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Lt. Norm Ruud said in a news release that troopers in the southwest region will riding along on the school buses and, when they see a driver commit a violation, will radio the information to another trooper in a nearby squad car to initiate a traffic stop and enforcement.

Ruud said the effort will enhance enforcement of school-bus related traffic laws and increase public awareness about the dangers created by drivers who fail to stop for school buses while children are loading and unloading.

Drivers who fail to stop as required for a school bus can get a $100 fine and six points on their driving record. The registered owner of the car can also get a $100 ticket for the driver failing to stop for a school bus.