New Haven police are adding patrols outside one of the city’s middle schools to keep children safe after receiving complaints of drivers passing school buses as they are stopped to drop off or pick up students.
The school at the center of the issue is Sheriden-Mauro Middle School and police are increasing enforcement on Fountain Street to target people who are putting students at risk.
Police said Ward 27 Alder Richard Furlow alerted police of the problem.
“We must take a proactive role to ensure the safety of children and pedestrians with a particular focus on heavy traffic areas like Fountain Street,” Furlow said, according to police.
West Sector Police Captain Jeff Hoffman said people who don’t stop for school buses when the
warning lights are on will be ticketed and the fine is $465.
Drivers are not allowed to pass stopped buses when the lights are flashing unless directed to do so by a police officer.
Some cities and towns in the state have invested in bus-mounted cameras that help police nab drivers who pass them.
A news conference will be held on Thursday afternoon.