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NC Highway Patrol "aggressively enforcing" traffic violations around school busses this week

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops.

The operation will run daily from 6:00 a.m. today through 5:00 p.m. on Friday and runs in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week.

About 14,000 school buses travel North Carolina highways and they transport nearly 800,000 children to and from school.

Passing a stopped school bus is a Class I misdemeanor and, If convicted, a person will get five points on their driver’s license and pay fines up to $500.

Passing a stopped school bus is a Class I felony if the driver hits a student and a Class H felony if the violation results in a death.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.