Indiana State Police have received numerous complaints from school corporations across Indiana of motorists not stopping for school buses that are loading or unloading children.
The Indiana State Police would like to remind motorists of the Indiana law concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.
When approaching a school bus from any direction that is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways. The ONLY exception is for motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median and are traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.
Remember, when approaching a school bus be prepared to stop and watch for slowed or stopped traffic.
Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class A infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.