Indiana AG Says Extended Stop Arms Are OK For School Buses

Jul 8, 2019

 

The school bus sits on State Road 25 in Rochester after the crash occured on Tuesday October 30, 2018
Credit Indiana State Police

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's attorney general says the state's school districts are free to use extended stop arms to prevent other vehicles from passing school buses.

Curtis Hill says in an official opinion that no federal or state laws prohibit the use of extended stop arms on school buses.

Such opinions don't have the force of law but are generally respected by courts.

Hill's opinion says a state board that sets safety standards for Indiana's school buses can authorize the use of extra-long stop arms that extend into oncoming traffic.

Extended stop arms are already in use in other states.

Three siblings were struck and killed last October in northern Indiana by a pickup truck while boarding a bus that had stopped and lowered its stop arm.