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Forum staff reports, Published March 23 2014

North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers to ride along on school buses

BISMARCK – In an effort to make school bus routes safer, North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will ride along on school buses throughout the southwestern part of the state this week.

This Wednesday, the state patrol will ramp up traffic enforcement on school bus routes throughout Burleigh, Emmons, Grant, Kidder, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Oliver, Sioux, Adams, Billings, Bowman, Dunn, Golden Valley, Hettinger, Slope and Stark counties.

The trooper on the bus will watch out for other drivers. If a violation is observed, the trooper on the bus will relay the message to another trooper in a nearby squad car. From there, the trooper in the squad car will initiate a routine traffic stop and enforce necessary laws.

They aim to increase motorists’ awareness of traffic laws related to bus routes and the “dangers created by motorists who fail to stop for school buses when children are loading and unloading,” according to a release.

Failing to stop for a school bus bears a $100 fine and six points on a driver’s record. In addition, the registered owner of the vehicle may also be fined $100 for a driver failing to stop as required.