Arlington officers stake out school buses to catch violators

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on September 4, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 3:30 PM

ARLINGTON - Arlington police planted an officer on a school bus Tuesday to catch drivers breaking the law. It was the first time they've done it, but they say it won't be the last.

"I see a lot of cars running my stop sign, and I just shake my head," said bus driver Shirley Allen.

Tuesday, she had an extra set of eyes on her bus. In just three short stops on one route, the Arlington police officer on board wrote 13 tickets, including 10 for passing a school bus with its stop sign out, and three for other traffic violations spotted after the drivers were stopped for passing the bus.

The officer on board notified nearby motorcycle officers of offenders.

"It's really alarming to see only on one stop did we not observe a violation," said Sgt. Craig Leondike.

Brett Warmus was one of the drivers ticketed. Ironically, he was dropping off his kids for school.

"Usually, I'm sitting there and I'm waiting, stopped, and there are cars whizzing by me," Warmus said. "So it's a problem.  I'll take my medicine and move on down the road."

A road, Allen hopes will stay safe for the passengers on her bus.

"I call them my kids; when they're on his bus, they're mine," she said. "I want to make sure they get to school safely, and when I get back them in the evening, back home safely."

Arlington police partnered with the school district to perform the operation. They plan to do it again soon, police said.

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