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Surf City cracks down on school bus safety laws

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The Surf City Police Department is cracking down on drivers who pass a stopped school bus. The Surf City Police Department is cracking down on drivers who pass a stopped school bus.

SURF CITY, NC (WECT) - The Surf City Police Department is cracking down on drivers who pass a stopped school bus.

According to officers, there has been a growing number of complaints about people passing busses. In order to try to stop that from happening, they say they are hitting the streets and increasing their enforcement. 

"It's a problem. Eventually something will happen and someone could even get struck by a vehicle," said Officer Charles Garrett Mauck.

Officials say patrol officers are now following busses in the morning and evening in both marked and unmarked cars.

"We are just trying to do whatever we can to stop this from happening," said Lt. Jeff Johnson.

Johnson says many of the complaints are coming from the same areas. One of the trouble spots is at the intersection of Triton Lane and Highway 50.

Officers say they've cited three people since September, and they say they've also caught someone passing a stopped school bus on Friday.

Authorities are looking into other ways to enforce the law, including the possibility of having an officer ride on the busses with the children.

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