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Police: Stop for a school bus or pay the price

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Some folks don't get the message, say police. Some folks don't get the message, say police.

A red octagon carries a universal message – STOP. But when it's on a school bus and not the side of the road, Madison Police Captain John Stringer said some people don't know the rules of the road.

"I don't think it's a matter of people not caring about school bus safety," said Capt. Stringer. "I do think it's a matter of people being poorly informed."

Bottom line, if you see a school bus come to a stop, you need to do so as well, no matter which direction you're driving.

If it's a two lane road, drivers in both lanes should stop. The same rules apply for a four lane road or highway.

The only exception is when driving on a four or more lane highway with a median in the middle. In that case, only drivers traveling behind the school bus have to stop.

It may sound simple, but not everyone plays by the rules. A WAFF Facebook viewer sent in a video of a driver on a two lane road failing to stop while her daughter got off the bus.

"I've actually witnessed someone get hit," said father Francisco Lazo. "People need to stop, pay attention. don't try to rush around -- it's not that important."

If you're caught failing to stop, the fine could be up to $300 for the first offense. A fourth offense is considered a Class C felony.

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