Indiana Police Department, School District to Target Those Passing Stopped School Buses
The Batesville Police Department and Batesville Community School Corporation are teaming up to keep bus safety a priority in their community.
- By Sherelle Black
- October 18, 2019
The Batesville Police Department and Batesville Community School Corp. are cracking down on drivers who pass school buses with arm signal devices extended.
By law, vehicles in either direction of the school bus must when the signal is extended when there is no physical barrier or median.
BPD Assistant Chief Maj. Brad Wessel said passing a school bus with its stop signal extended is a Class A infraction, but it can be a Class A misdemeanor as well.
“If you witness a violation, call 911 if you can safely do so .... dispatch will ask if you were able to obtain the license plate number, vehicle description, driver description and location. Any information you are safely able to obtain is helpful,” Wessel said.
Catching drivers who illegally pass stopped buses is something that other police departments and school districts have been doing as well.
In Montgomery County in Maryland, more than 54,000 citations were given to drivers during the 2018-19 school year.
This is due in part to the fact that the buses in the county are equipped with cameras who photograph vehicles who pass a bus with its stop arm extended. Violators are fined $250.
Sherelle Black is a Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.