ISP Rolls Out New Program to Protect Children on School Buses
Kimberly, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The Idaho State Police are implementing a new program to keep children on school buses safe.
The program kicked off Monday morning in Kimberly.
It's called trooper on a bus.
It's a program ISP is implementing to catch drivers violating the rules of the road.
"You got a trooper that's on the bus and he has a radio and a camera, and when someone runs that stop sign we got other troopers there in their vehicles who are going to stop that vehicle," said Trooper Keith Thompson, Idaho State Police.
Bus drivers for the Kimberly School District have reported a variety of problems.
"We've had complaints about people running the school bus stop signs when they're stopped and kids are loading on or loading off the buses,” said Thompson.
That's when the district called the idaho transportation department and it teamed up with ISP to find a solution.
"Over the years there's been some close calls. We even had a vehicle try to pass the bus on the right hand side one time when the stop arm was out," said Ted Wasko, Kimberly School District.
Twenty–three million children ride school buses every day in America. According to government statistics around twenty children a year are killed in school bus–related accidents.
"We want to make sure people are aware we're going to be out there, we're going to be giving tickets and it's not an option. We don't' give a break on something like that," said Trooper Thompson.
Those caught breaking the law will face a hefty penalty.
"The citation itself is a misdemeanor citation, so I think it's up to $200 or up to $300 that they could be fined,” said Trooper Thompson.
Repeat offenders could eventually lose their driver's license.
No citations were issued Monday.
Two trooper rode buses and five troopers were following behind.
Trooper Thompson will be reaching out to other school districts and law enforcement agencies in the hopes of expanding the program.