New tools to catch stop arm violators could be coming to Newton, Kansas

In a normal year, Newton USD 373 bus drivers observe between 100 to 150 drivers who fail to stop for a bus with stop arms deployed.

The 2020-21 school year has been anything but normal, and stats on stop arm violations are far from complete. In the 2018-19 school year, 102 drivers in Newton illegally passed stopped school buses, according to USD 373′s transportation department. That was down about 75 from the year before.

Each violation, according to district staff, is a big deal.