Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 21, 2021 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A driver on Sibley Road in Huron Township made a dangerous decision and chose to ignore the stop lights on a school bus last week, and was immediately pulled over by police for doing so.
The incident was caught on police dash cam video during a patrol of school bus routes that was being conducted on Sept. 16 by Huron Township police.
In the video, you can see the driver clearly ignore the red flashing lights at the bus stop.
“As you will see, a driver completely disregards the flashing red lights and if you look closely, you will see a child that has to stop from crossing to avoid being hit. The driver was stopped and cited,” said a Facebook post on the Huron Township Department of Public Safety page.
Here is a video showing what happened:
“Unfortunately, year after year, we have drivers that believe their time is more important than the safety of our children,” the post by the public safety department said. “Drivers, this is not ok! There is NO EXCUSE and we will accept no excuses as we issue your citation. Please slow down and give yourself extra time to make your destination.”
Below is the law regarding school bus passing directly from the Michigan Motor Vehicle Code.
257.682 Stopping for school bus displaying flashing red lights; violation as civil infraction; meeting stopped school bus on divided highway; proof; rebuttable presumption; community service.
(1) The operator of a vehicle overtaking or meeting a school bus that has stopped and is displaying 2 alternately flashing red lights located at the same level shall bring the vehicle to a full stop not less than 20 feet from the school bus and shall not proceed until the school bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated. The operator of a vehicle who fails to stop for a school bus as required by this subsection, who passes a school bus in violation of this subsection, or who fails to stop for a school bus in violation of an ordinance that is substantially similar to this subsection, is responsible for a civil infraction.
(2) The operator of a vehicle upon a highway that has been divided into 2 roadways by leaving an intervening space, or by a physical barrier, or clearly indicated dividing sections so constructed as to impede vehicular traffic, is not required to stop upon meeting a school bus that has stopped across the dividing space, barrier, or section.
(3) In a proceeding for a violation of subsection (1), proof that the particular vehicle described in the citation was in violation of subsection (1), together with proof that the defendant named in the citation was, at the time of the violation, the registered owner of the vehicle, constitutes a rebuttable presumption that the registered owner of the vehicle was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the violation.
(4) In addition to the civil fine and costs provided for a civil infraction under section 907, the judge, district court referee, or district court magistrate may order a person who violates this section to perform not more than 100 hours of community service.