|"Do I Have to Stop for that School Bus?"
Hi Captain Eslinger,
Since the beginning of this school year, the Pendleton District, which covers the eight counties of Madison, Delaware, Randolph, Wayne, Henry, Union, Fayette and Rush, has received numerous complaints from school corporations across all eight counties 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, which is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, motorists are required to STOP, even on multiple lane highways, with the ONLY exception being-
•Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier or unimproved median are required to stop only if they are traveling the same direction as 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.
The Indiana State Police is committed to the safety of our children, motorists and highways, and will continue our enforcement and education efforts to ensure that safety.