Citations being given out for illegally passing buses
Tazewell Police Chief Jeremy Myers said they've stepped up patrols and enforcement around school buses, especially when they are stopped.
"Someone is going to run over a child," Myers said "It's something you can't take back once its done and we definitely don't want that to happen.
He's also a school bus driver who see people just blow past stopped buses trying to load and unload kids.
While he's driving the bus, officers aren't far behind, ready to hand out tickets to anyone caught breaking the law.
"A lot of times people are just unaware," Myers said. They're distracted their mind is everywhere. That's one of the most common things were told is we never saw the bus. I don't understand how you can not see a yellow school bus with flashing red lights and a sign on it."
He says they have been and will continue to enforce a zero tolerance policy when it comes to passing a stopped bus.
"The safety of the children is paramount to us," Myers said. "In the mornings you're going to see our patrol officers. They're going to be on the highways. They are going to be looking for aggressive drivers, and looking for people who don't stop and they are going to be issuing citations."
Myers said drivers on both sides of the road at a bus stop unless there is a grassy or concrete median, even on a highway. The fine can be up to $1,000.