Statement as issued Tuesday by the Fort Wayne Police Department:
Fort Wayne, Ind. – School Transportation Officials are reporting an increasing number of school bus stop arm violations, and in an effort to increase safety for those students boarding on/off school buses, the Fort Wayne Police Department is reminding motorists of their duty to stop for stopped school buses, specifically on undivided roadways.
Many of the violations are occurring on four-lane undivided roadways such as Illinois Road, Aboite Center Road, E. Rudisill Blvd., Spy Run Avenue, and Hobson Road where school bus drivers are reporting that oncoming traffic/vehicles are disregarding the extended ‘STOP’ arm of the school bus.
An undivided roadway is one where a barrier (or intervening space) does not exist to separate lanes of oncoming traffic. On undivided roadways, motorists in all lanes of travel are required to stop when a school bus has stopped and has the ‘STOP’ device extended.
Thousands of students are transported daily to and from school via school buses and should be able to board school buses safely, without fear of being struck by a moving vehicle. Drivers of vehicles who are encountering school buses need to slow down and be ready to stop if need be.
Police remind motorists that passing a school bus that is stopped on a roadway with the arm signal device (STOP Arm) extended is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail, and a $1,000 fine. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury to a person and is punishable by up to one year of incarceration and a $5,000 fine.
Motorists can expect to see patrol vehicles in those areas identified as areas of concern.