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Ada police: Don't ignore a stopped school bus

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Motorists must stop when a school bus displays this sign. (KTEN) Motorists must stop when a school bus displays this sign. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- The City of Ada is urging motorists to be more cautious when driving behind school buses.

Scott Odom lives along Egypt Road, a narrow street with a 25 mph speed limit. He says drivers rarely conform to that restriction, and that's led to some close calls when his daughter is waiting for the school bus.

"A 3/4-ton dually came flying around the corner," Odom said. "He was on both sides of the road, and I had to grab her by her shoulders and throw her back to keep us from getting ran over."

Police say they've stepped up surveillance along Egypt Road. Patrol Officer Ryan Madison said he's stopped some drivers traveling more than twice the posted speed limit, with others speeding past school buses while their stop sign is deployed. 

"It pales in comparison to if you actually hit a kid when you're driving past those school buses," he said. "It's really important for people to be safe. If you see the yellow lights, know the red lights are coming next and you have to stop."

Fines for ignoring a stopped school bus can be $500 or more, and penalties can include license revocation. The city just added three new speed limit signs along Egypt Road, and they're considering adding flashing lights to draw attention.

"Please slow down," Odom said. "These children... their lives are depending on it."

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