Not stopping for a school bus is against the law

The first citation is $250

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – After several complaints from parents, Southampton Police Officers are now patrolling busy bus routes, watching for drivers not stopping for school buses.

If an officer sees a driver not stopping for a school bus with its red lights flashing, they’ll write a ticket, which goes on your driving record and impacts your insurance.

Anne-Kathryn Wagner of Haydenville told 22News, “There are children and this is a concern; and children should be respected, obviously. Everybody’s lives are important and more important than getting places fast.”

According to Southampton Police Chief Michael Goeytte, the first citation is $250, a second offense within 2 years is $1,000. He urges drivers to pay attention and stop when you see a school bus with red lights flashing.

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