Sheriff: Barry Co. drivers disobeying red lights on buses

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BARRY COUNTY, Mich. -- A warning from a local sheriff's office about an increase in drivers not stopping for buses trying to pick up children for school.

The Barry County Sheriff's office says bus drivers with Hastings Public Schools are getting frustrated with the number of people driving by their flashing red lights.

There are four areas in particular where this is happening, and now you can expect to see an increase in patrols.

Drivers have been especially bad on M-79 between McKoewn Rd and Thornapple Lk Rd., M-43 at Welcome Rd., M-37 at Airport Rd., and M-37 by Baltimore trailer park.

The sheriff's office says anytime a bus has its red lights activated, you cannot pass it but if its lights are flashing yellow, you can pass but be prepared to stop.

Drivers who fail to abide by the law can face a fine of up to $250.

Deputies say if you see someone passing a bus, to write down their license plate number and call police, so they can remind them of the law.

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4 comments

  • G

    Raise that fine. $250 isn’t enough. $1000 up front for first offense and 2 points or so on license. This is a serious matter and shouldn’t be happening!

  • MARK S RAMSEY

    You should cover how the Sherriff routinely drives through town faster than the speed limit without lights on; does illegal lane changes; and turns without using their turn signal. One law to rule them all!

  • D

    Sadly nothing will happen until a tragedy occurs, then the sheriff will be o the news saying “We need to get people to slow down and obey the laws” ISN’T THAT YOUR JOB??!!! It’s pretty lawless on the roads now, speeding, running red lights, passing on double yellow…never see anyone pulled over.

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