The Indiana State Police on Friday reminded drivers to be on the lookout for children in school zones and waiting to board buses, especially in the early morning.
Indiana law requires vehicles to stop whenever a school bus stop arm is extended. The class B misdemeanor is punishable with up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
"Troopers will have zero tolerance for anyone disregarding a school bus stop arm or speeding in a school zone," the state police said in a written statement.
Parents should encourage children to keep all items in a back pack or book bag and never chase after dropped items, the statement said.
The state police offered the following school bus safety tips for children:
Wait for the bus in a safe place away from traffic.
No horseplay at the bus stop.
Wait until the bus and other traffic comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.
Always cross in front of the bus. The driver should always be able to see you.
When on the bus, remain seated and talk quietly so the driver will not be distracted.
Report anyone disregarding a school bus stop arm to local police, or the call Indiana State Police at 800-382-0689.