School Bus Safety
School kids in Alachua County can expect some changes when they go back to school this month.
Bus passes will be a thing of the past; parents will now have to log on to the school board's website to find their child's bus route.
Getting kids to school safely is a team effort.
When a school bus in Alachua County needs body work, Keith Booher is most likely doing it. Booher has been working for the county for the past 19 years, and Tuesday, while he changed windshields, other mechanics were checking tires, and stop signs, getting ready for the first day of school on August 23rd, when buses hit the road.
One thing drivers can expect- a lot of traffic. In Alachua County, it's a $259 ticket if you pass a stopped school bus.
"If you pass a school bus on the right hand side, the most dangerous side where children get off, the fine is enhanced to $359 with a mandatory court appearance," said Sgt. Joe Raulerson, the head of the Gainesville Police Department's Traffic Safety Team.
A hefty fine, that,along with up-to-date buses, Booher hopes, will help keep his kids safe.
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