Schools Buses Hitting the Road for New School Year

Published 07/31 2014 07:54PM

Updated 07/31 2014 10:29PM

In a few weeks, school buses will be back on the road.

And police say there will also be motorists who break school bus laws.

Each year, Indiana State Police get complaints about people not stopping for school bus stop arms.

On April 29 of this year, there were more than 2,500 violations reported in the state.
When a school bus has flashing lights and its stop arm extended, you must stop, even on roads with multiple lanes.

If you're on a highway that's divided by a barrier or median, you only have to stop if you're traveling the same direction as the bus.

Police say it's very important to follow these laws.

Chief Deputy Clark Cottom of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department said, "Most accidents that occur involving school buses occur with children being struck while loading or unloading the bus. School buses themselves are designed very safe, but a lot of times the traffic strikes a pedestrian and there you have a very serious accident."

Not stopping for a school bus stop arm is a class "A" infraction, and you can be fined up to $10,000.

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