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GPD implements “Cop on a Bus”

As we reported last issue, the Greenwood Police department is cracking down on traffic violations that endanger school children by implementing a new program called “Cop on a Bus.” The idea is to catch violators who place children in harm’s way.

“We will randomly ride different routes on the buses looking for violators who run the bus stop sign and lights.  Officers following close to the route will stop that vehicle,” said Chief Will Dawson.

Bus drivers for the Greenwood School District have reported a variety of problems including some close calls.

“We’ve had complaints about people running the school bus stop signs when they’re stopped and kids are loading on or loading off the buses.  The most recent complaint stated that while kids were offloading a vehicle passed the bus at a high rate of speed from behind.  This could have resulted in a horrible tragedy.  This particular incident was out in the county”, said Dawson.  With routes and violations also taking place in the county, the Greenwood Police Department has reached out to the Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance on the rural routes in district.

Of the twenty–three million children who ride school buses every day in America, there are reports of about twenty killed each year in school bus related accidents.  “We want to make the public aware that we’re going to be on buses, we’re going to be giving tickets and it’s going to be a zero tolerance effort. We will not give a break on something that risks the lives of our children,” said Chief Dawson.

Arkansas Code Annotated 27-51-1004. “Passing when stopped prohibited” makes passing a school bus illegal while the bus is loading or discharging passengers and other motorists meeting or overtaking a stopped school bus must come to a complete stop before reaching the bus.

Greenwood Police Sgt. Brandon Davis warns motorists NOT to pass a stopped school bus!

Greenwood Police Sgt. Brandon Davis warns motorists NOT to pass a stopped school bus!

 

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