Indiana: Legislators (with a new bill), bus drivers, police suggest ways to prevent accidents

Driving past a stop arm in any situation is illegal.

Nearly 20,000 children are taken to school by bus across the county each day, and more than 250 buses are on the roads each morning or afternoon, from Edinburgh to the Center Grove area.

In April, the Indiana Department of Education conducted its annual violation survey, which tracks how many drivers violate school bus stop arm laws. Of the 7,740 buses that participated that day, there were 3,104 violations, meaning nearly one out of every two buses saw a driver ignore the stop arm. In Johnson County, 245 drivers participated, noting 71 violations.

Earlier this fall, three children were killed in Rochester, Indiana when a driver didn’t stop for a stop arm.