Safety

Fine for stop-arm running rises to $1,250 in Texas

Thomas McMahon
Posted on August 26, 2013
An increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running in Texas goes into effect Sept. 1. Photo by Lois Cordes

An increased maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running in Texas goes into effect Sept. 1.
Photo by Lois Cordes

AUSTIN, Texas — The maximum fine for a first offense of stop-arm running in Texas is set to increase 25% — from $1,000 to $1,250.

The change goes into effect Sept. 1.

With Texas students heading back to school, the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding drivers to watch out for children walking to and from school or waiting for school buses, and to obey all traffic laws related to school buses and active school zones.

“As the new school year opens, I urge drivers to do their part in keeping youngsters safe by obeying school zone speed limits and stopping for school buses,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said. “DPS will not tolerate individuals who disregard the law and illegally pass stopped school buses.”

Agency officials noted that one of the most dangerous parts of a student’s trip on a school bus is when entering or exiting the bus. Texas law stipulates that if a road is divided only by a left-turning lane, drivers on both sides of the roadway must stop for school buses with their red lights flashing and stop arm activated. However, if the lanes are separated by an intervening space or physical barrier, only motorists going in the same direction as the bus are required to stop.

Along with the new increased fine for stop-arm running, state law already allows DPS to suspend the driver's license for up to six months for those convicted of the offense more than once.

As part of this year's national stop-arm running survey, Texas school bus drivers counted 9,825 violations during one day this spring.

Related Topics: law enforcement, stop-arm running/illegal passing, Texas

Thomas McMahon Executive Editor
Comments ( 3 )
  • dennis S.

     | about 4 years ago

    02-03-2014 4:52 pm Just watched one highway officer pull over three cars for passing a school bus in front of my shop in Cedar Valley. We see 10 to 15 drivers a day pass the buses. Thanks D.P.S. for doing what Hays County can't handle.

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