NC police look for unsafe drivers near school buses

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by Nick Ochesner, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 23 at 8:00 PM

CAMDEN CO. -- Drivers in North Carolina are seeing more blue lights in and around school zones this week as state troopers step up enforcement of school bus laws as part of Operation Stop Arm.

The operation is designed to catch people who drive around school buses that have their stop arm out to let children get on or off.

"The number one thing is keep children's safety in mind," Trooper Kevin Jones said Wednesday.

Jones is a trooper assigned to Camden County and says he sees drivers breaking the law and driving around stopped school buses on area roads from time to time.  When Jones sees it, he says he always stops the driver and writes them a ticket.

"Passing a stopped school bus carries the highest point value of any other offense," Jones said. "About 2,300 motorists on a daily basis disregard the stop arms. That's why we have this enforcement action this week."

Click here for information on school bus safety in North Carolina.

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