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People need to stop for buses

Photo credit: Airman st Class James Bell

Photo credit: Airman st Class James Bell

Stephanie Kroll, Staff Writer

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Over the past couple weeks, cars have been speeding past my bus stop even when the bus is completely stopped and the red flashers are on.

And by law, it will cost you five points on your driving record, a 60-day driver’s license suspension, and even a $250 fine if you don’t stop.

This, to me, is a reasonable price to pay.

And if someone doesn’t feel the need to stop, I think they should calm down, gain some patience, or even take another route to get where they are going.

There is no excuse for anyone not to stop at a bus stop.

When the red flashing lights are on, the bus is stopped, and the yellow arm is out: you stop. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It’s just what you do.

No one should ever blow past a bus stop, or disobey any road law.

Those laws are made for people’s safety, and if the timing is wrong, it could easily put someone in harms way.

But if people continue to blow past bus stops, and you witness it, there is something you can do about it.

Snap a picture of the person’s car and license plate, talk to a municipality worker, talk to any bus driver, and easiest of all, file a report on the BP Municipality website to notify someone about your safety concerns and try to put a stop to this crime.

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