PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA) - The Pasco Sheriff's Office will be conducting increased enforcement efforts near school bus stops from May 12 through May 23, 2014, in an effort to raise the awareness of drivers passing stopped school buses as they are loading or unloading students.
The locations during this enforcement operation are locations identified by the PascoSchool District as having the highest incidents of vehicles passing stopped school buses, deputies said. A PascoSchool District survey conducted in March indicated that as many as 800 vehicles passed stopped school buses in a single day throughout PascoCounty, according to PCSO.
Florida Statute 316.172 requires all drivers operating a vehicle on any road in the state, upon approaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, to bring their vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped. The vehicle cannot pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. The only exceptions to this requirement is when a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction of the stopped school bus is on a divided roadway with an unpaved space of at least five feet, a raised median or a physical barrier. In these instances, the driver isn't required to stop for the stopped school bus.
A violation for passing on the left side is a moving violation with a 269.00 fine and 3 points of your driver's license. Passing on the right side where children load and unload is a mandatory court appearance.
Top 20 Violation Locations
District Location Violations AM Violations PM Violations
3 SEVEN SPRINGS BL & LASSEN AV 25 23
3 WHITETAIL LN & ENCHIDNA AV 25 22
3 SEVEN SPRINGS BL & OLD GATE CR * 28 19
3 SEVEN SPRINGS BL & OLD GATE CR * 7 19
3 WHITETAIL LN & TAHR AV 18 15
1 LITTLE RD & GOLF VIEW DR 5 7
3 54 & DEVON OAK BL 8 6
3 LITTLE RD & NEWBROOK LN * 3 6
1 19 & BUTCH ST 6
2 54 & HERON COVE DR 4 5
3 54 & CYPRESS PRESERVE DR 6 5
3 54 & HIGHLAND OAKS BL 7 5
3 54 & CYPRESS PRESERVE DR 5 5
2 WESLEY CHAPEL BL & HAY RD 5
1 19 & SALTWATER BL 5
1 19 & SANDRA DR 4 5
3 54 & PARK CRESCENT DR 4 4
1 19 & HAMMOCK RD 2 4
1 18124 SR 52 5 4
3 LITTLE RD & NEWBROOK LN * 4 4
* Pickups at Different Times