Sheriff's deputies riding school buses this week

They're watching for stop sign violations.

WICHITA, Kan. - Sedgwick County deputies will be riding with school bus drivers this week to watch for drivers who ignore the bus driver's stop signs. 

This is part of National School Bus Safety week, and deputies will be riding buses in Wichita, Maize, and Haysville. Deputies are riding with drivers who have noticed a high number of violations on their routes. Deputies will be working with area police to identify, stop, and ticket drivers who are caught passing a bus when its stop signs are out. 

Unless there is a median between lanes of traffic, drivers in both directions are required to stop for a school bus with its signs extended. Fines for passing a bus with its signs out add up to more than $400.

National School Bus Safety Week runs October 22 to 25. 

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