Parents are fed up with bus stop traffic violations

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- While Stevie Wright waits at her son's bus stop near SW 57th and Topeka Blvd. every morning, she's noticed something that makes her uneasy.

Drivers heading down Topeka Blvd. often don't stop for the flashing lights of her kindergarten son's school bus stopping to pick him and the other students up for school.

"There's times that several cars go by and (the bus driver) blows his horn at them, and me as a parent I think that's disrespectful because if a kids had to cross the street they could get hit," she said.

Stevie isn't the only parent who's noticed the problem.

"There's maybe 3 or 4 a day, today was just one, but there's other days that its more," said Dennis Davenport, who was also waiting for his grandchild to be picked up by the school bus Friday morning.

Kansas state law says when a school bus has its flashing red lights on, traffic going both directions must stop if there is no median in the roadway. A law the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office says has become a problem in certain areas.

"Recently, especially on Wanamaker, it's a five lane road. You got two lanes going, plus the turn lane, so people on the opposite side don't think they have to stop; but they do have to stop," said Shawnee County Sheriff's Deputy and Washburn Rural School Resource Officer Craig Cochran.

If you get caught, tickets total $423. School bus drivers can also send in bus stop violation reports of your vehicle for further investigation.

While the fine is steep, the outcome could be far worse. Two weeks ago, video was released of two students in Austin, Texas being hit by motorists after getting off their school bus. The students were not seriously injured, but the incident paints a picture of what these parents fear the most.

"It's really irritating for people just to fly by like that knowing that kids could be crossing the street," said Wright.

"Kids getting hurt, I don't want to see it and I know no one else does, but people just aren't paying attention," said Davenport.