This week is National School Bus Safety Week, and Texas state troopers will be out in force to make sure school children make it to and from school safely.
Texas Highway Patrol troopers in many rural areas of the state will be riding on or following school buses to catch motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
It's against the law to pass a stopped school bus that has its red lights activited. Citations can cost up to $1,000.
Troopers will also be patrolling areas where school buses pick up and drop off children.
"The safety of children riding on school buses is important, and we will do everything we can ensure that Texas drivers obey the law," said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Last year, there were 762 crashes involving school buses in Texas. In those crashes, one person died and 89 people suffered serious injuries.
During 2010, troopers wrote 414 tickets to motorists caught passing a stopped school bus.
Las Cruces Police are looking for witnesses of a traffic crash Wednesday near the intersection of north Main Street at Solano Drive.
The crash occurred shortly after noon on June 29, and involved a silver Toyota pickup and a silver Ford sedan. No major injuries were reported and possible citations are pending the completion of the investigation, police said.
Traffic investigators would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash. Witnesses may call traffic investigator Jimmie Brown at (575) 526-0795.
LAS CRUCES - A New Mexico State University professor is suing the city over red-light and speeding cameras he claims are "unconstitutional."
The photo enforcement cameras at three intersections in Las Cruces, maintained by Redflex Traffic Systems, capture speeding and red light violations. Crist-bal Rodriguez's car was snapped going 48 mph in a 35 mph zone by a camera at Main Street and Solano one weekend in October 2009.
Rodriguez, an assistant professor of education law who is representing himself in this case, argues the city cannot hold him responsible for the violation without evidence of who was driving; his wife primarily drives the car and, that weekend, the vehicle could have been in the hands of a visiting sibling or parent.
"There's never evidence introduced as to who the actual driver is," Rodriguez testified before 3rd Judicial Court Judge Manuel Arrieta on Monday morning.
Timely warnings to the UTEP campus community comply with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act).
Offense: Burglary of Vehicle
Several vehicles were burglarized in the parking lots off Schuster Street on 6/3/10. Entry was made by inserting an unknown instrument in the lock and breaking it. Once inside, the perpetrator(s) stole various items from the vehicles.
Two possible suspicious vehicles could be involved:
Early 2000 Silver Mustang, dark tinted windows, bearing similar plates to Texas BFGX638 (this plate is not correct).
Chevy Suburban bearing TX DBB-890 with chrome rims and chrome fender flares.
If you have any information on this case, please contact the University Police immediately at (915)747-5611 or in person at 3118 Sun Bowl Drive- 24 hours.
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