MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- RCPD are stepping up enforcement near school zones after they received several reports of parents running stop signs.
USD 383’s Assistant Director of Transportation Erik Prohaska said people are in a rush and aren’t paying attention.
“I believe the reason why we have a lot of people with stop sign violations as in like going around when we’re stopped, is that their either ignorant of the laws or there in a hurry or a combination there of,” Prohaska said.
Prohaska pointed out there have been many complaints of people ignoring school bus stop signs on busy streets. He said ignoring the laws can put kids getting on and off the bus in danger.
“We stop on Highway 24 and Tuttle Creek Boulevard, we give you guys enough forewarning to know that we are going to be stopping. When that stop sign comes out there’s potentially kids that are going to be getting off the bus,” Prohaska explained.
Prohasaka’s main concerns are the children and he wants everyone to know kids aren’t always paying attention.
“The only thing that I can say is that we are doing everything in our power to make sure that you can see us, there’s lights, there’s strobe lights, anything and everything you can possibly imagine to see us, “ said Prohasaka. "Short of a banner or a flag, just pay attention to a big yellow bus with flashing lights it’s not that hard, just look up from your phone a little bit.”
Stop sign violators can get ticketed up to $256 if they don’t obey the law.
RCPD officers will be posted outside of school zones and bus routes throughout USD 383’s district to ensure citizens are obeying the law.