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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Officials warn those who pass school buses

  • HARRISBURG - Public safety and law enforcement officials are encouraging drivers to follow the rules when it comes to stopped school buses loading and unloading passengers.
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  • Public safety and law enforcement officials are encouraging drivers to follow the rules when it comes to stopped school buses loading and unloading passengers.
    Harrisburg Public Safety Commissioner Bart Schiff brought the issue up at last Thursday's Harrisburg City Council meeting following a call with Robinson Bus Lines about drivers passing stopped school buses in town.
    "We've had several complaints lately," Schiff said.
    Bus drivers will write down the license plates and pass them along to police, he warned.
    "It's a suspension of your driver's license and the fine can range up to $750," said Police Chief Bob Smith who added that the department has "zero tolerance" for it.
    The suspension of driving privileges could be up to one year.
    "We will be enforcing that," said Schiff. "We don't need a kid ran over in our town."
    Part of the problem takes place in the school parking lots, particularly at the grade schools, say officials, but it's also a problem throughout the city. Police will be on alert for violators.
    Smith said the law prohibits drivers from passing school buses when they are stopped and have their stop sign extended for the loading or unloading of passengers.

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