School bus drivers fear stop-arm violators most

School bus drivers fear stop-arm violators most

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Be alert for school zones that have reduced speed limits when children are present.

School buses also have the "Child Check-Mate System", which is an on-board electronic reminder system that ensures every child gets off the bus.

The most serious problem isn't fender benders at intersections, though; it's the number of motorists who violate school bus stop-arm laws.

In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop arm violation citations.

The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.

Less than three weeks from the first day of school, NBC 5 Investigates has learned the agency is short hundreds of drivers. "Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 14 million violations among America's motoring public". "After a meeting with our bus drivers, principals, and Mr. Mills tonight, we all have made a decision to return to our bus route system from previous years", Moore wrote in part of the announcement. Drivers should not proceed until the passengers have completely loaded or unloaded and the bus is back in motion.

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"Our focus is to get our children to school safely in the morning, and get them home safely at night", said driver Lynn Robinett. Many motorists are confused when they are required to stop. If possible, drop them off at a place where they do not have to cross the street.

"School bus drivers don't like getting caught behind a school bus", Beechboard said.

"A lot of people get accustomed and complacent and not used to it", says Kentucky State Police Trooper Corey King, pointing to summer vacation.

According to Georgia law, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop when a school bus activates its stop-arm on a two-lane road or a multi-lane road with no median or barrier. Once the school bus stops and the RED flashing lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, motorists are required to stop and not pass the school bus. Multi-lane roads with no barriers between the lanes, like some portions of SR 57S, all motorists must stop when the red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended.

This includes changing our driving habits to prepare for school bus traffic on area roadways. "We get this complaint nearly every single day", Ringle explains, "people disregarding the school bus stop arm".

Violation of this law is a Class A infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.

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