Indiana State Police Warn They're Watching For Drivers Who Disregard School Bus Arms

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Indiana State Police are reminding drivers to look out for school buses.

Indiana State Police said as summer comes to an end, students across Northwest Indiana are starting their return to school and motorists should expect an increased amount of school bus and pedestrian traffic during the morning and afternoon commutes, and therefore need to plan those commutes accordingly to allow for extended travel time.  

Indiana State Troopers will be hitting the roads to watch for school bus stop arm violations. High visibility enforcement will be used to encourage motorists to stop for school buses, and enforcement action will be taken against those who don’t.

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Indiana State Police said motorists should also be cognizant of school zone speed limits. The speed limit in a school zone is often reduced significantly during school hours or when children are present. Law Enforcement Officers will be increasing patrols in school zones throughout Indiana.

Police also reminded all motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights, and stop arms. When approaching a school bus from any direction, which is stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways where there is no barrier or median separating lanes of traffic. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as cable barrier, concrete wall, or grassy median, are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus.

In 2018, a woman in Indiana drove around a school bus that was stopped and had the stop arm down with lights flashing and hit and killed a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers and seriously injured another child.