By Chris Dennis, Oklahoma Highway Partol Trooper
School started in August and it is already January. Where does time go when you’re having fun? My nephew Dalton would probably tell you that it felt like an eternity!
With school in full swing, drivers should be more vigilante on keeping safety a priority, especially with school buses. Most school buses are bright yellow and are usually accompanied by several bright flashing lights and signs that allow other drivers to know when they are loading and unloading. I find it very difficult to believe someone, who has been stopped for passing a school bus during these unloading and loading times, when they say that they did not notice the school bus or the lights or the child who was almost hit.
Now we have some good news with an additional law that was just added to our arsenal of tools. According to an amendment to Oklahoma State Statute Title 47 Article 2 Section 6-205 which adds the following grounds for revoking a driver’s license: Failure to stop or remain stopped for a school bus loading or unloading children. What that means is that if you get a ticket for not yielding to a school bus that is loading or unloading children, if found guilty, you will lose your driver’s license. My partners and I are extremely pleased with this amendment as I am sure most of you are.
If you do see someone pass a school bus, get the color of the vehicle, type of vehicle and the tag number and contact the law enforcement agency where it happened. If it was in a city, contact the city police department, or if it was out of the city contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol or the sheriff’s office.
We must constantly be aware of what we are doing and what is going on around us while operating a motor vehicle. Things can go from good to bad in the snap of your fingers. I hope that everyone has a good weekend, wears their seatbelt and stays safe.
Trooper Chris Dennis is a member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and has more than 10 years experience with the patrol. If you have a question for Trooper Dennis, he can be contacted my email at email@example.com  or through Troop E headquarters out of Durant, Oklahoma at 580-924-2601.