Police Ride on School Buses to Curb Speeding
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – Deputies in Franklin County say they haven’t had to give out a single ticket for drivers trying to speed around school buses since they started putting officers on the buses a month ago.
Deputy Steven Pelton says Franklin County was having a big problem with aggressive driving around school buses when they would stop to let students off.
“We’ve been having problems with people aggressively driving around the buses, and trying to race the stop arms to get around prior to the bus stopping,” he says.
So, a month ago, the department announced it would start putting officers on buses to catch those drivers. He says having enforcement efforts in marked police cars wasn’t making a huge difference, but once the department announced it would actually have officers on the buses, the problems diminished.
He says the department will resume the program next year on an as-needed basis.
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