Jan. 1-5, 2015
Bismarck, N.D. - The North Dakota Highway Patrol’s Southwest Region conducted a Trooper on a Bus event in the New Salem area on Tuesday. No violations were observed.
During a Trooper on a Bus detail, troopers ride on a bus during regular school routes to observe traffic violations and take enforcement action. These efforts enhance enforcement of related traffic laws and increase public awareness of dangers created by motorists who fail to stop for school buses when children are loading and unloading.
North Dakota law requires that if a stopped school bus is displaying alternating flashing red lights or a stop sign control arm, drivers meeting the stopped bus from either direction (front or back) must stop before reaching the school bus. Motorists may not proceed until the red lights are deactivated, the bus driver signals them to proceed, or the bus resumes motion. Violation of this law is a $50 fine and six points on the violator’s driving record.
The Highway Patrol encourages drivers to continue to obey traffic laws and be alert for children when approaching school buses.