Police target distracted drivers, motorists illegally passing school buses during special initiative

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted May 22, 2019 — 5:00 p.m EST

Huron Township police were involved in three special initiatives this week: bus stop enforcement, distracted driving patrols, and a check of businesses that sell liquor and tobacco to make sure they aren’t selling to minors.

On Wednesday, police conducted a proactive school bus detail.

The special proactive detail included several plain clothes officers on multiple buses, several unmarked police vehicles following multiple busses and fully marked patrol vehicles assigned to initiate traffic stops on offenders.

High School, middle school, and elementary bus routes were targeted and enforced.

One driver was cited for illegally passing a school bus.

Everette Robbins, director of public safety, gave some tips to parents that help make bus stops more safe:

  • Parents and kids should wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and for the red lights to be engaged before approaching the bus. Many drivers were observed to stop for the yellow lights, but not all. Many kids began to cross the street while the yellow yield lights were flashing, which could cause them to get struck by a vehicle.

  • Multiple bus stops on busy roads had elementary age children at the stop without an adult present. This was especially dangerous with wet road conditions and kids too close to the road.

  • Multiple parents were observed at the stop with their hands full. This included cell phones, coffee, etc. This could make it difficult for a parent to pull their child to safety in the event of an emergency.

In addition to the bus stop initiative, police also conducted a distracted driving detail on Wednesday.

The detail specifically targeted drivers that were texting and driving, creating a hazardous situation for other drivers.

Plain clothes officers teamed with marked patrol units to identify people driving while distracted.

During the detail, 48 citations were issued for drivers that were texting and driving or other hazardous driving.

One driver was cited for distracted driving for reading the newspaper while driving down the highway.

Two distracted drivers were arrested for driving with suspended licenses, and another distracted driver was arrested for having seven warrants for his arrest.

“It was disappointing to realize that even in the pouring rain, which led to poor visibility, drivers were still allowing themselves to be distracted while driving. Way too many people are losing their lives due to distracted driving. Hopefully this will be a wake-up call for all of us,” Robbins said.

On Tuesday, police conducted a proactive liquor and tobacco operation in Huron.

All establishments in the township that sell tobacco and/or liquor were tested for the sale of liquor and tobacco to a minor.

“We are pleased to say that every establishment passed the test. We commend our business owners for their continuing attention in this matter,” Robbins said.

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