New rules for 20K students in Indiana

A bus from Hamilton Southeastern Schools (WISH Photo)

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — When the school year arrives, so will new rules for Hamilton Southeastern students. Especially ones who ride the bus.

A training session was held in Fishers on Thursday for drivers to learn about the new safety procedures. They were required to take a verbal and visual test. There was also an obstacle course set up for the drivers to practice backing up and making sharp turns.

The change students will have to make is unplugging technology. School board officials believe the small change will make a big difference.

“We want them to leave their ear buds out of their ears. We want them to be fully aware when walking through traffic,” said Beverly Smith with HSE.

This change comes after the director of transportation reviewed a survey conducted that included traffic violations written throughout Indiana.

“We have a real problem and it’s not just in Fishers. Motorists drive past bus stop arms all the time. In one day, 76 violations were written throughout the U.S. In Indiana, 4,000 were reported. In Fishers, 82 violations were written,” said Jim White, HSE Director of Transportation.

Students will receive a written warning that has to be signed by their parents if they don’t abide to the new rule.

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