Drivers to face fines for not stopping for school buses in Tuscaloosa County

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is taking action against drivers who don’t stop for school buses when picking up or dropping off students.

Deputy Jason Powell said if you don’t stop for buses and are caught, you can expect a very expensive traffic citation.

“The Sheriff’s Office is taking this serious and we are cracking down,” Powell said. “It is very dangerous, you can potentially not only injure a child but you could take a child’s life that is trying to cross the road.”

It has been less than a week since students returned back to classes at Crestmont Elementary in Northport, but deputies have been getting numerous complaints about drivers who are not stopping for school buses. Parent Jada Heard is concerned and has a message for those breaking the law.

“Slow down and pay attention because what if it was your child that was getting off that school bus and you hit them. How would you feel,” Heard said.

Lucretia Prince, principal at Crestmont, said she is glad police are going after people who break the law.

“Well, I think when law enforcement gets into the picture, those people that are so busy and you start getting tickets and paying fines. They will realize this is something you have take serious. So I think them getting a ticket and it will get their attention this is awesome,” Prince said.

Deputies claims some of the worst areas where this is happening is on Hwy. 69 North and Hwy. 43 North in Northport. Heard says she hopes the police crack down will make a difference for safety.

“I think that’s a good idea because a child could be walking across the street and a car might be zooming through and they might see them and my daughter is in pre-K and she’s real short and I worry for her safety,” she said.

The cost of a police citation is $100 dollars, plus $178 dollars in court costs.

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