We’ve always found it appalling that so many of our fellow drivers feel that it’s perfectly acceptable to ignore traffic laws.
You know the people we’re talking about — they zoom around you in no-passing zones or defy posted speed limits because they’re in a hurry or believe they are just too important to be bothered.
They refuse to use turn signals, think it’s OK to drive short distances the wrong way on one-way streets and never bother to leave their name and address if they smash into your vehicle while trying to maneuver theirs into a parking spot.
Hey, we’re not talking about the men and women who sometimes let their speed drift slightly above the limit or occasionally forget to signal their intentions.
No, we’re directing our anger at the chronic offenders, those crazy people who have a blatant disregard for the rights and safety of others.
We’re talking about people like those who prompted the Corinth Police Department to initiate a zero-tolerance policy for drivers who pass school buses while the buses are loading and unloading children.
Police said the policy was put into effect after they received multiple complaints about such violations.
OK, like we said, we’re not trying to be unfair to anyone — we’re only human, right? We’ve all had our moments.
But it’s really difficult to understand how anyone can try to play that card when it comes to passing a school bus while kids are getting on or off. The big yellow vehicles are emblazoned with warning lights that start flashing as soon as the driver begins to slow down to make a stop.
Those flashing lights should be a dead giveaway to nearby motorists that they also need to stop, and the words “school bus” printed on the big vehicles should tell them why it’s important to do so.
That bus is hauling children — boys and girls who may soon be attempting to cross the street.
According to the Texas Traffic Code, motorists must stop before reaching school buses when the bus is operating red flashing lights or a stop sign. Drivers may not proceed until the bus resumes motion, the driver is signaled by the bus driver to proceed or the red flashing light or stop sign is no longer activated.
Of all the laws that are on the books, one would think that this one — the rule against passing a school bus while it’s displaying red flashing lights or a stop sign — would be one that everyone would make sure to uphold.
Surely, no one wants to injure or kill a child.
But the Corinth police tell us that they have validated the complaints regarding drivers passing school buses while the buses were busy loading or unloading kids and have adopted the zero-tolerance policy.
Corinth officers who observe a motorist failing to stop and remain stopped for a school bus will be issued a citation that carries a fine ranging from $200 to $1,000, according to a press release from the department.
“We want to remind all drivers of the law and stress the importance of adhering to it,” Lt. Jimmie Gregg said.
It’s a shame that the department has to remind motorists of this law, but we want officers to keep their ticket books handy.
In our view, every police department should have a similar policy — no one should tolerate such violations.