North Vernon police to crack down on school bus safety violators

North Vernon police are joining with other agencies to crack down on drivers blowing through school bus stop arm signals and other unsafe driving.

Police say that disregarding a school bus stop arm is dangerous and a serious offense. You should always drive carefully around a school bus so that everyone makes it to school safely.

More than 200 agencies around the state are taking part in this spring’s enforcement campaign. High-visibility patrols will be conducted in the morning and afternoon along routes identified by local bus drivers and school transportation officials. And while the focus will be on stop-arm violations, officers will also be on the lookout for other violations.

The department says that the overtime patrols are being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through Indiana’s Criminal Justice Institute.

In Indiana, its against the law for motorists to pass a bus thats stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended.