The 2013-14 school year has started for most of Indiana’s school children--Duneland’s
schools start next week--and the Indiana State Police is reminding motorists
to watch for the kids in school zones and waiting to board busses,
especially in the early morning hours.
Discovery Charter School starts on Monday. The Duneland Schools on
The ISP also reminds motorists that they are required to stop for the
extended school-bus stop arm. Disregarding a school bus stop-arm is a Class
B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
“Troopers will have zero-tolerance for anyone disregarding a school bus stop
arm or speeding in a school zone,” the ISP said.
Parents, on the other hand, need to know that most school bus-related
accidents involve children who dash in front of a car or school bus to
retrieve papers or other dropped articles. Parents should teach their
children the danger zone immediately surrounding the school bus: the area,
approximately ten feet around the bus, where most children are injured. “The
bus driver has limited visibility in this area,” the ISP said. “And parents
should encourage children to carry articles in a back pack or book bag and
never chase after dropped items.”
Other safety tips:
*Wait for the bus in a safe place away from traffic.
*No horseplay at the bus stop.
*Wait until the bus and other traffic comes to a complete stop before
approaching the bus.
*ALWAYS CROSS IN FRONT OF THE BUS. THE DRIVER SHOULD ALWAYS BE ABLE TO SEE
*When on the bus remain seated and talk quietly so the driver will not be
“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our children are able to safely
travel to school,” the ISP said. “Citizens are encouraged to report anyone
observed disregarding a school bus stop arm by calling their local law