LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Police in Ludlow and other communities are urging drivers to be mindful as children return to school.
In compliance with Massachusetts law, drivers must come to a complete stop when pedestrians are in a crosswalk. The fine for offenders is $200.
Ludlow Police Sgt. Daniel Valadas told 22News that police officers often make eye contact with drivers as they’re working construction details. He said it’s a good habit for drivers and pedestrians too, so everyone sees everyone.
“We’re all busy. We’re all trying to multitask and do different things. When you’re driving, you should be focused on driving that vehicle that’s thousands of pounds and can cause quite a lot of damage and destruction,” Valadas said.
Another important thing to remember: it’s illegal to pass a school bus when its stop sign is out. Police are watching, and if you’re caught, you’ll be hit with a $250 fine. The 22News I-Team found out that last school year, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles was notified of more than 10,000 drivers statewide that flew past stopped buses with children present.
Ludlow students were among the first western Massachusetts children to return to school. Their first day of classes was on Wednesday.