Fine For Not Stopping For School Buses Going Way Up

Fine For Not Stopping For School Buses Going Way Up”

Now, drivers will have to fork over an extra $200 if they ignore the school bus stop signs. Durham has been contracted to provide drivers for the districts school buses for a little over 4 million a year.

Indiana State Police have issued a reminder about when motorists are required to obey school bus flashing lights and stop arms.

In 2016 an annual one day survey of 8,272 school bus drivers in IN conducted by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services reported 2,954 stop arm violations. "I think a lot of it has to be with drivers being distracted by things in their vehicle", said State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

Bowling Green Police Department spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward said city police turned 55 reports of drivers passing extended stop arms over to the Warren County Attorney's Office, which prosecutes these cases. People are in a hurry. People generally know to stop for a bus if they're behind it, he said.

When violations occur, bus drivers are supposed to get information such as the type of auto passed them and its license plate number, but the bus drivers aren't always able to do so, he said.

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In addition to getting the word out to motorists about the increased fine, the Minnesota State Patrol's Nielsen said students also need to pay attention. The bus has red flashing lights and everyone knows red means stop. We are dealing with children.

"Almost every single day we have someone driving past one of our stop arms", he said.

Just about half of the state's bus drivers took part in the survey.

The state patrol hopes the $500 fine will serve as a deterrent to drivers. "And a $500 fine, that's a pretty expensive cost for most people", said Lt. Tiffani Nielson.

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