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October 7, 2013

‘Badges on Buses’ raise awareness of violations

NORMAN — Earlier last week, a group of Norman police officers partnered with the Norman Public Schools for an initiative called “Badges on Buses.”

The concept is fairly simple: One officer rides the bus, while other officers remain nearby; following it in unmarked units. If the officer on the bus observes a vehicle failing to stop for the bus while it is loading or unloading passengers, the violator’s description and direction of travel is radioed to the accompanying officers, who take enforcement action.

The good news is that officers only cited a handful of drivers for violations; however, the department will continue to engage in this initiative periodically throughout the school year.

Motorists are reminded to always stop for a school bus when it is loading or unloading passengers. Penalties for such violations can be severe and include fines from $50 to $750 and/or 60 days in jail, at the judge’s discretion. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety also may suspend the violator’s driver’s license upon conviction.

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