A complaint was raised regarding a bus stop on the southbound side of highway 67 at Rough Country. Cars have not been stopping and by law, all northbound and southbound traffic is required to stop. Ballinger PD isn’t always able to be out there since there are usually only 2 officers on duty and it’s hard for them to cover the entire area so the city police are going to work with the sheriff’s office and DPS.
The bus from Paint Rock stops in front of Rough Country, located at 1921 Hutchins Avenue every afternoon between 4:15 and 4:30. ALL vehicles, northbound and southbound, are required to stop when the bus driver activates the lights.
The Department of Public Safety clearly states the law regarding school buses;
“Drivers who illegally pass school buses face fines up to $1,250 for the first offense. For individuals convicted of this offense more than once, the law allows the individual's driver license to be suspended for up to six months. (A ticket for illegally passing a school bus cannot be dismissed through defensive driving.) Additionally, this offense could potentially include criminal charges if they cause serious bodily injury to another.”
With all 3 law enforcement entities watching the area regularly the point will soon be made to people that they are required to stop. Those who don’t will face stiff fines and possibly jail time for subsequent offenses.
They city council is working to address the issue, such as changing the bus drop off spot on the county road so that the bus isn’t stopping in the highway. They have to work that out with Paint Rock. In a perfect world we’d have an officer at the bus stop every day but our law enforcement officers are stretched thin and work hard to handle all the situations that they are faced with every day. The cooperation of the agencies to address the issue while other alternatives are looked at is the right thing to do.