School Bus Stop Violations on the Rise

By Scott Sarvay

October 16, 2012 Updated Oct 17, 2012 at 5:48 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - School Transportation Officials and the Fort Wayne Police Department are warning motorists that there have been an increasing number of school bus stop arm violations, and students lives are in danger.

Fort Wayne police say motorists must stop for stopped school buses, specifically on undivided roadways, where a barrier or intervening space does not exist to separate lanes of oncoming traffic. Many of the violations are occurring on four-lane undivided roadways such as Illinois Road, Aboite Center Road, E. Rudisill Blvd., Spy Run Avenue, and Hobson Road where school bus drivers are reporting that oncoming traffic/vehicles are disregarding the extended ‘STOP’ arm of the school bus. On undivided roadways, motorists in all lanes of travel are required to stop when a school bus has stopped and has the ‘STOP’ device extended.

Passing a school bus that is stopped on a roadway with an extended signal arm is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury to a person and is punishable by up to one year of incarceration and a $5,000 fine.

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