school bus safety

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Hundreds of thousands of dollars are heading to law enforcement agencies across the state for increased school bus stop safety.

The Holcomb administration announced the disbursements Monday.

More than $380,000 will go to 39 different police agencies across the state. The money will be used for overtime, to help step up traffic enforcement at school bus stops as the new school year begins.

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.

Indiana State Police

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana drivers would face tougher penalties for passing stopped school buses under a bill that's been approved by legislators.

The Indiana House and Senate on Tuesday both voted in favor of the bill letting a judge suspend a driver's license for 90 days the first time someone was convicted of recklessly passing a stopped bus.

Other provisions would create felony offenses to recklessly pass a bus and injure or kill someone.

Brandon Smith

House lawmakers unanimously approved legislation Monday that creates harsher penalties for drivers who illegally pass school buses.

The bill responds to an incident in Rochester, Indiana, last year in which three children were killed.

Brandon Smith

House lawmakers have changed a school bus safety bill to eliminate a way for schools to pay for cameras on school bus stop arms.

The legislation comes as a result of an incident that killed three Rochester, Indiana schoolchildren last year.

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