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LPD Pulls Over Cars Passing School Buses

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Some mid-Michigan drivers are learning the hard way about school bus laws after a sting operation Thursday morning near the Wood Creek Community.

The Lansing Police Department rode in school buses, looking for drivers illegaly passing them. It's called "Operation Safe Stop" and is a collaboration between LPD and Lansing School District.

All over the state, police are serious about catching drivers forgetting to hit the breaks when a school bus stops. If police see a driver passing a bus, they'll radio in vehicle descriptions to another officer riding a motorcycle behind.

After that, the lights go on, and you get pulled over, just like officers did earlier Thursday morning in Lansing.

"We're out here to enforce the school bus violations. To protect the children. And the welfare of the children walking in front of the bus during loading and unloading," said Officer Randall Hon, Lansing Police Department.

Police say some drivers don't realize it's the red lights on top of the bus you should look for first, then the flashing stop sign that pops out. If either one are on, it's the law to stop.

The fine for getting stopped because of a school bus violation can be up to $500 in Michigan.

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