children throughout the area return to school,
drives will notice more school buses on the road.
State law requires motorists to stop when a school
bus is picking up or dropping off children. Watch
for school buses with their stop arm extended and
red lights flashing, which means
proceed with caution!
This law applies to
all roadways except those that are divided by a
physical barrier or an unimproved median. On a
divided roadway, only vehicles traveling in the same
direction as the school bus are required to stop.
Extra awareness is also required in rural areas
where distracted or impatient drivers often ignore
school buses when children are getting on or off the
bus. Disregarding a school bus stop signal is
you can receive a traffic
ticket for doing so.
Disregarding a school bus stop arm can be
considered reckless driving, a Class B Misdemeanor
punishable by up to 180 days in jail
maximum fine of $1,000.
also be aware of increased pedestrian traffic,
particularly around bus stops and schools. Please
remember, if your child was boarding a school bus,
you would want motorists to be attentive as they
School Zone Speed Limits
If you are
driving near a school, you must slow down to the
lower posted speed limit for the school zone. Common
hours for school zone speed limits are 7 a.m. to
4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, local
authorities may establish lower speed limits for
school zones when children are present.
Sources: Indiana State Police, Indiana
Department of Transportation