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ADOT smooths process for school bus drivers to report stop sign violators

About 13,000 drivers each year are reported by Arizona school bus drivers for not stopping as...
About 13,000 drivers each year are reported by Arizona school bus drivers for not stopping as required by state law.(WCAV)
Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 11:07 AM MST
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PHOENIX, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Arizona Department of Transportation has launched an online form that will make reporting stop sign violators easier for school bus drivers.

With school buses prowling through neighborhoods again with the start of the school year, drivers should expect to wait when the bus’ stop sign arm is extended.

About 13,000 drivers each year are reported by Arizona school bus drivers for not stopping as required.

A new streamlined process is allowing ADOT’s Motor Vehicle Division to send warning letters more quickly to owners of vehicles that were reported as not stopping for the school bus stop sign.

Using an online form, bus drivers can send a complaint of a stop sign violator directly to MVD, which then will send a notification letter to the vehicle owner as an effort to call attention to the seriousness of running the stop sign, which allows students getting on and off the bus a safe space to cross the street. The notification letter is not a citation.

Previously, school bus drivers would fax forms to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, which then emailed or faxed the reports to MVD.

“Oftentimes, the reports were in batches and difficult to read, and it put DPS in the middle,” said MVD Senior Division Administrator Susan Trask. “We created an online form for the bus drivers to complete, removing DPS completely from the process, and making the submission electronic. This removed the need to fill out a form to fax or email.”

Drivers who are issued citations by law enforcement officers for passing a school bus when a stop arm is extended could face a civil penalty and possibly a suspended driver’s license under state law.

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