School bus Safety

November 14, 2017

Celina ISD is committed to the safety of our students as they load and unload the buses to go to and from school. There have been a high number of reports from our Transportation Department regarding drivers “running the reds” of the buses while they are stopped picking up or dropping off students. This is a dangerous practice, which can easily cause injury or death to our students (your children). Additionally, this is a serious traffic offense in which the fine for a first time offender is $800 in Celina and can go as high as $2,000 for multiple offenses. Please look up Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.066 for more detailed information.

Here is a quick review:
1. When a school bus is stopped loading or unloading passengers, all traffic (both directions) must stop before reaching the bus when the stop signs deploy and/or the red lights start to flash.
2. For roadways that are separated by a center median, opposite direction traffic is not required to stop.
3. Traffic can resume when stop signs retract and/or the red lights turn off.
4. On a school bus, yellow caution lights will flash prior to the red lights as a warning that you need to prepare to stop.

The Celina ISD Police Department will be working with the Celina Police Department to address this issue on all area roads, especially in Carter Ranch where the majority of these types of reports are generated. Once again, the first time offender can expect to pay an $800 fine and there will be no warning citations issued.

As a parent, I hope that you will join me in spreading the word about how important it is to make sure that our children get to and from school safely and that all drivers must exercise extreme caution while operating motor vehicles within the vicinity of our campuses and buses.

Thank you,

Bobby R. Manson
Chief, Celina ISD Police Department