Stop for school buses: Fines increased

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Motorists in Colquitt County have not seen school buses for about three months, but now that classes will begin again in a few days, drivers must remember special laws apply to how to deal with the big yellow vehicles transporting students. School bus drivers carry a load of responsibility every day and in order to be able to do it, they have to be qualified. Every school year the Indiana State Police receives numerous complaints about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations around the state.

In the past six years, law enforcement across the state wrote almost 9,000 stop arm violation citations. Just a couple weeks ago, he says, he ran into one of his old students.

Boydo said the most important feature on a school bus is the driver. That's the positive thing.

A warning from police everywhere as students go back to school: watch your speed and your and kids.

Davenport says the district needs full time, part time, and substitute drivers. In doing so, motorists will not find themselves behind a bus and as a result, potentially putting children at risk.

If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, bus stops, playgrounds and parks. Once the bus is fully stopped, the flashing red lights will activate and the stop arm will deploy.

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Tillman said some drivers are unsure about whether they should stop on a four-lane roadway.

As the number of school buses on the roads has increased, so has the number of stop-arm violations. Past year in Kentucky, three people died in bus accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 70 times safer than cars, and 10 times safer than walking.

Barr-Reeve's School Resource Officer Mark Bledsoe said drivers around the schools should take note of the new 35 miles per hour school zone signage on CR 100N.

Students are instructed to wait until their bus driver signals for them to cross the road as a precaution against oncoming traffic.