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Mason City officers hop on buses to watch drivers


NORTHWOOD, Iowa (AP) -- Police officers in Mason City will begin occasionally riding on school buses to spot motorists who disobey laws requiring them to slow down and stop when bus lights are activated.

Lt. Ron Vande Weerd tells the Globe Gazette that officers will randomly select buses. When they spot a violation, they will give the information to officers in patrol cars, who will stop and ticket the motorist.

Police will continue the practice for a few months and if they frequently note problems, they will continue the ride-alongs.

Under Iowa law, drivers can't pass a school bus from behind and must reduce their speed to 25 mph when amber lights flash. Drivers must stop when right lights flash and a stop sign is activated.

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