LAFAYETTE LA -- Traffic is looking to increase as we approach the first day of school in Lafayette Parish.
Louisiana State Troopers are urging those to watch out for school buses when traveling on the roads during the school hours or you could face up to a 500 fine.
Drivers speeding near schools and bus stops is something Lafayette Parish School bus driver Elius Bernard is hoping will calm down as school begins.
"It's so important for the people to be aware of their driving habits around school buses because we got the little ones coming from their homes, running in the streets waiting on the bus to stop." Elius Bernard Said.
Louisianna State Troopers, Thomas Gossen says you should pay close attention to the signs of school zones when traveling.
“Every year we get a lot of complaints about people passing school busses , especially in those rule areas. A lot of people think no one is going to see me , there is not an officer around. The thing people need to understand is that a school bus driver has the authority to file the appropriate paperwork and that can serve as the report to issue a citation.” Thomas Gossen Said.
Bus driver Bernard says he is excited about the new school year and to see Lafayette Parish students again.
“I'm the first person they see when they leave home , so if they leave home with a happy face, getting on the bus, they will more than likely go to school with a happy face.” Elius Bernard Said.
Gossen says if there are only two lanes you must stop when a school bus is around but if it’s four lanes with a continuous turn lane or raise medium then you can continue you on.
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