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Survey reveals number of drivers illegally passing buses

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North Alabama school systems just wrapped up an illegal passing survey in April. North Alabama school systems just wrapped up an illegal passing survey in April.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A stop sign means stop, but some drivers aren't paying attention, especially when those stop signs are on school buses. 

North Alabama school systems just wrapped up an illegal passing survey in April. It was part of a statewide survey conducted by the Alabama Department of Education to increase awareness.

For one single day, bus drivers were asked to keep track of each time someone illegally passed them at a bus stop. Across Alabama, 1,173 illegal passes were logged.

Plenty of drivers in Huntsville broke the law. Bus drivers recorded 148 illegal passes. 

  • Madison County: 44
  • Albertville: 32
  • Madison City: 28
  • Athens: 12
  • Morgan County: 2

According to state law, the registered owner of the vehicle breaking the law will be fined $150 for the first conviction. That fine increases with each violation. A driver could ultimately end up having their driving privileges suspended.

Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland said he's heard every excuse in the book, but it goes without saying, not one of them can excuse a life lost.

Davin Lewis, general manager of Durham School Services,  the company that runs buses for Huntsville, said the only way to combat the problem is with a proactive approach.

"Trying to get some police presence at some of the locations is something we are trying to get proactive about," said Lewis. "If our drivers are noticing things of that nature, then we will contact the authorities."

The state has conducted this type of survey for more than a decade, with the hope of spreading awareness about the potentially deadly consequences of this type of behavior.

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