Watch for School Bus Traffic as the School Season Starts


Students will be headed back to classrooms next week and Indiana State Police officers urge you to watch for school bus traffic.

When approaching a school bus from any direction and it is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended, motorists are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all lanes in all directions must stop.

Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of his law is a Class A infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.