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Hillsborough deputies cracking down on drivers who pass stopped school buses on U.S. 41

Posted at 5:35 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 17:56:37-04

LUTZ, Fla. — Hillsborough County Deputies are cracking down on drivers who pass stopped school buses.

Deputies will be out doing increased enforcement this week specifically on U.S. 41, one of the roads with the highest numbers of drivers cited for passing stopped school buses.

One of the worst trouble spots is near the apex of Florida Avenue and Nebraska Avenue where it meets with U.S. 41, according to deputies.

ABC Action News cameras were rolling as a school bus stopped in front of an apartment complex and more than ten cars passed the bus.

Corporal Kristy Udagawa was able to stop and ticket one of the drivers, who told her she didn't see the stop sign.

However, Udagawa said excuses like that won't work.

"This is one of those things that one stop can go really bad for one kid and an entire community if a child gets hit by a car because someone passed a stopped school bus," Udagawa said.

Passing a stopped school bus could land you a $250+ citation here in Florida and deputies said they are not issuing warnings.