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Local police remind drivers to follow school zone and bus traffic laws

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Labor Day has come and gone, and kids are getting back into their school routines, but police want to make sure adults are adjusting their driving routines.

Most people drive through a school zone at least once a day. Even if they don't, there's a good chance they'll encounter a school bus, or kids who might be walking or riding their bike to school.

On Thursday morning, FOX 12 rode along with Beaverton Police Officer David Van Cleve on his daily patrol.

Officer Van Cleve said a lot of people forget about school zones and school buses over the summer, and it didn't take long for him to pull someone over Thursday morning.

Officer Van Cleve said many drivers forget that when a school bus is stopped with red lights flashing, drivers must stop, unless there is a physical barrier between them and the bus. That means a concrete wall or a green space, not just a painted line on the street.

He said he knows all too well what can happen when the law is ignored.

Officer Van Cleve grew up in Hillsboro and said he'll never forget the day when his friend stepped off a bus in junior high.

"Just as he was getting ready to get off the bus onto the road, the bus driver screamed and grabbed him by the collar. Just then a car went by at 35 mph. If he had gotten off the bus it would have definitely killed him."

Officer Van Cleve said it's important for drivers to remember that kids can be impatient. A lot of the time, they're not paying attention to the rest of the world, so we have to pay attention to them.

Here are some reminders for driving in school zones or near school buses.

  • The speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour.
  • Drivers need to pay attention to signs in the area because they determine when that speed limit is enforced.
  • Drivers who violate the school bus law face a $435 fine and there is no diversion program available, which means there's no way to keep the violation off your driving record.

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