Lake Hallie mom wants drivers to follow law, stop for school bus

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

LAKE HALLIE, WIS. (WEAU) -- "Just about everyday since we've moved here we hear the school bus honking its horn when the kids get off the bus," said Candace Wirkus of Lake Hallie.

She had no problem capture video of a driver ignoring a bus stop sign in front of her house.

You can see in the video the bus stops, the stop-arm swings out and the car ignores out, whizzing by. It is something she says has been happening almost daily, even her daughter worries about it.

"I just think they shouldn't be doing that because that's against the law," Hailey Wirkus added.

Candace Wirkus says she has followed behind people, taken down plate numbers, too. She wants to send a message reminding drivers to stop.

"It only takes a few seconds for the kids to get on the bus, it doesn't take that long to stop," she added.

Lake Hallie Police Chief Cal Smokowicz says the law is unique where the owner of the car, not just the driver, can be ticketed for a stop-arm violation.

The citation is $326.50 and four points on a license. The owner can get out of it if they turn over the driver.

He says the department received Wirkus's request for extra police in the area, but with just one officer on patrol in Lake Hallie, he says resources are limited.

"With the village as large as it is, you can only cover so many places at one time," Smokowicz added.

But he says, if you get video of it happening or get a plate, bring it to police.

As for Candace Wirkus, she just wants the dangerous drivers to stop.

"I just really wanna make people more aware that we are worried about our kids and I'm sure I'm not the only parent that has witnessed this," she said.

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