Second driver in a week ignores school bus stop lights in Huron Township during police patrol

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights. Video courtesy of Huron Township Department of Public Safety

Posted by Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | Sept. 22, 2021 scottbolthouse@huronhub.com

For the second time in about a week, Huron Township police caught a driver ignoring a school bus’s stop lights, and it was recorded on police dash cam video.

Police were conducting a patrol of school bus routes in the township on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

The video shows a school bus stopped on Sibley Road west of Middle Belt Road at 3:14 p.m.

Watch the video below:

While the bus’s red lights were engaged, a driver in a late model Ford Explorer completely ignores the red flashing stop lights and continues to drive past the stopped bus.

The driver was immediately pulled over and cited for the infraction.

A similar incident occurred last week in Huron Township.

“This issue is one that I feel very strongly about,” said Everette Robbins, Huron Township director of public safety. “Our proactive patrol is something that has been going on for several years. We will not be able to catch every offender, but we will certainly do all we can to do so. Maybe by sharing these videos, we will be able to educate the public as to how dangerous this actually is, as well as make them think twice about their actions in case we are watching. Just because the public may not always see us, it doesn’t mean we aren’t there.”

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.
Sec. 682.

(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. 


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