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First day of school Wednesday; watch for school buses

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With the start of school tomorrow, the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists to obey the school bus stop-arm law.

Every year the ISP receives numerous complaints from school corporations across Indiana of stop-arm scofflaws.

In 1999, there were 932 stop arm violations on a single day in September. On April 29, 2014, there were fully 2,577 stop arm violations reported in the state. More than 16,000 school buses are on the road in Indiana and, according to the yearly statistics, as the number of school buses on the road increases, so does the number of stop-arm violations.

Remember: when approaching--from any direction-- when a school bus is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways.

Motorists who are on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as the school bus. But if there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.

When approaching a school bus always be prepared to stop and watch for stopped traffic, police say.

Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one which school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class A infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.

To learn more about national stop arm violation statistics, visit the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services web site at

Posted 8/19/2014