Vernon police have received numerous calls of late regarding motorists not obeying school bus stop signs.
Here is a news release issued by the police and school officials regarding the rules for school buses:
"The Vernon Police Department and the Vernon Board of Education would like to remind the public that it is illegal to pass a standing school bus while the flashing lights are on. A recent increase in violations has been reported. The Vernon Police Department will investigate all complaints and issue infractions as necessary.
"The fine for violating CT Statute 14-279, Passing a Standing School Bus, is $465. Second and subsequent violations result in a misdemeanor summons to court.
"It is illegal to pass a stopped school bus with the red/amber lights flashing on a public highway, private road, parking area, and school property. This includes stopping on a four-lane road (such as Talcottville Road / RT83) even if traveling in the opposite direction as the bus, unless a raised median barrier exists. Drivers are also prohibited from turning at an intersection in the direction of a school bus that is receiving or discharging passengers. Drivers must stop no nearer than 10 feet from the front or 10 feet from the rear of the bus in response to the flashing red/amber lights.
"Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Let's keep our children safe!
"Please call Sgt. Kerry Reynolds at (860) 872-9126 with any questions."