Area drivers continue ignoring stopped school buses

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It seems drivers haven’t learned anything from the tragedy this week in Rochester, where three children were killed and a fourth injured after a woman didn’t stop her truck for a stopped school bus and this them Tuesday morning.

Steve Lake, transportation director for Southwest Allen County Schools, tells our Partners in News at ABC 21 it’s a constant problem for bus drivers:

“We’ve had five different stop arm violations over the last 12 hours. You’re angry because someone has decided that they’re not going to take a few seconds out of their day for the safety of kids.”

Other area school districts have also reported problems with drivers passing their stopped buses, with East Allen County Schools reporting a whopping 70 violations this calendar year.

More than 3,000 illegal passings happened during a one-day statewide study last April by the Indiana Department of Education.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Where are the police and Sheriff deputies? Why aren’t they randomly accompanying buses on their routes and ticketing violators who pass school buses displaying the STOP arm? Sounds like an enforcement problem. Drivers will learn to stop if they see the law being enforced.

  2. Do you think, that maybe, just maybe, the punishment isn’t strong enough? You pass a stopped school bus $5k fine, and lost of drivers license for 1 year. for first time. Nothing can replace the life of a child. People need to stop taking driving as a right. $5k is a small amount for a funeral expense.

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