Traffic Tip: Fines for passing school bus now higher

Well, it's that time of year again when schools are in session.

This means that the school zones are now active as well.

I want to remind everyone of the laws pertaining to school buses.

Basically, if the red lights are flashing and/or the stop sign is visible on a school bus, do not pass them.

You must wait until the red lights are no longer flashing and/or the stop sign is no longer visible.

The only real exception to this rule is if the roadway is divided (a bar ditch or a raised median, for example) between the loading and unloading school bus and you.

A good example of a divided roadway is the portion of Loop 463 where there is a ditch or grassy median between the two roadways or on North Navarro Street where there is the bricked concrete median between the two roadways.

The Legislature recently increased the fines for violating this law from $200-$1,000 to $500-$1,250 as of Sunday.

For more information, see the Texas Transportation Code 545.066.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.