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Police crack down on illegal school bus passing

Updated: Tuesday, October 22 2013, 09:22 PM EDT

By Jon Rudder
WHEELING, W.Va - With hundreds of buses on the roadways every morning and afternoon, local schools partner with police to ensure that their students remain safe.

With school bus safety week upon us, local law enforcement is cracking down on the problem of passing stopped school buses.

The problem is one Ohio County Schools has dealt with in the past but measures they have taken are designed to curb the problem.

Extra funding from the Governors' Highway Safety Committee is given to pay for overtime so officers can target offenders passing stopped school buses during School Bus Safety week.

"I don't know why anyone would decide to pass a school bus," Deputy Chief Marty Kimball said. "They're putting their own lives at risk and they're definitely putting the children's lives at risk." 

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Dr. Dianna Vargo said that curbing the problem has started with raising awareness before the school year starts.

"We have worked closely with the students at Wheeling Park High School in the TV program, to create public service announcements that are shown at Wheeling Island Stadium on the Jumbotron." Vargo said. "And we really appreciate the efforts of Chief (Shawn)Schwertfeger, his staff and our prevention resource officers."

Schools have their buses equipped with cameras. And occasionally Wheeling police are on board to help catch violators.

"We have successfully had prosecutions because using this video evidence," Kimball said. "We're watching, there are cameras on the buses that are watching also and the odds are we're going to catch up to you."

Police crack down on illegal school bus passing

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