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Originally published January 31, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified January 31, 2007 at 6:16 PM

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Police in Ore. city to ride buses, spot driver violations

In hopes of busting drivers who pass stopped school buses, Klamath Falls police officers in plain clothes are going to start riding with the students.

The Associated Press

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - In hopes of busting drivers who pass stopped school buses, Klamath Falls police officers in plain clothes are going to start riding with the students.

The police have gotten a spike in complaints about drivers who pass stopped buses whose safety lights are flashing, said Lt. Mark Carlson.

To make a traffic citation, an officer has to see the violation, and an officer on the bus will have the best vantage, Carlson said.

The officer on the bus will send a radio message about violators to an unmarked police car following the bus, he said.

The penalty for violations is $425.

Carlson said such plainclothes operations usually are reserved for criminal investigations, but "the danger is one of these kids getting hit."

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