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Richland Police Warn Drivers to Stop for School Buses

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RICHLAND, WA-- Richland police have a stern reminder for drivers that it's against the law to pass a school bus when the stop sign is out, and the lights are flashing.

Police say they're getting a lot of complaints about drivers passing buses and putting students in danger in south Richland.

Officers say the risky maneuver could hurt a child and it will cost violators a hefty $394 fine.

"When you see those stop lights that's because little kids are in the area and you have to slow down and you have to stop. If you don't, there's a high likelihood of injury or death. And nobody wants that," said Capt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

Officers want to remind drivers that on four lane roads cars in the same direction must stop and in two lane roads cars in both directions must stop for the school bus when lights are flashing.