State police warn motorists to beware of school buses

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Police are urging drivers to be aware of the need to stop for school buses as students return back to classrooms following summer break.

State police say they receive numerous complaints every year about school bus stop arm violations from school corporations. The Indiana Department of Education says in 2014 on one day there were 2,577 stop arm violations reported in Indiana. That’s up from 932 reported on one day in 1999.

State police that drivers approaching a school bus, from any direction, that is stopped with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways. Violators face a maximum fine of up to $10,000. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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