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