The Nolensville Police Department is cracking down on drivers who don’t stop for school buses.
“Most times, people just keep on going,” said Nolensville resident Sheila Hughes.
The warning signs are flashing red lights and an extended stop sign alerting drivers to stop for a school bus.
“I’ve seen many times, where bus drivers have [a] hand out the window, trying to stop people and they just go by as fast as they can and they don’t even look to see if a child is coming,” said Hughes.
It’s a problem Nolensville Police Chief Roddy Parker said has been on the rise since the start of the school year two-and-a-half weeks ago.
The complaints, he said, come from both bus drivers and parents.
“One is enough,” said Chief Parker. “The number we got is — we do have a problem we need to get a handle of.”
The solution? Education and amped up enforcement.
Chief Parker said drivers can expect increased enforcement along areas with the greatest offenders, like Nolensville Road.
But the increased enforcement won’t always be visible.
Some officers will be riding on buses, out of view of drivers and looking for violators.
The violators will be cited, and the fine $153.
“Usually they speed up to try to beat the sign or beat the kid to the bus, or completely ignore them for whatever reason,” said Chief Parker. “Just trying to be proactive in our education and enforcement.”
Chief Parker said the city’s growing population means more traffic, a reality he hopes will make drivers extra aware, especially with school back in session.
“Be patient, leave in time to get to where you need to go, most of all, adhere to traffic laws,” said Chief Parker. “Very important in a congested area to keep everyone safe.”
Another reason for increased traffic is Nolensville High School’s first senior class, adding up to 200 drivers to the roads.
Chief Parker said the increased school bus patrols will end once the department sees a decrease in citations.