Butler Police Department increases patrols on stop arm violations

This week, Butler Police Department officers hopped on Dekalb Eastern School District buses to catch stop arm violators at bus stops.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 7:20 PM

BUTLER, Ind. (WFFT)-When you see these flashing lights on a school bus, stop your car. If you keep going you could end up with a ticket or even worse, hit a pedestrian.

"Local police Chief approached me and asked me if it's something I'd be interested in and of course we are. Student safety is a primary consideration on everything we do, " said Superintendent DeKalb County Eastern C.S.D Dr. Jeff Stephens.

This week, Butler Police Department officers hopped on Dekalb Eastern School District buses to catch stop arm violators at bus stops.

"Tuesday was the first day. We have an officer on the bus and then we have a car following behind so the hope is it'll be an instant stop," said Stephens.

So far in the 2018-2019 school year there have been 51 stop arm violations. There were 18 tickets issued from the cameras in the semester.

This week, there hasn't been anyone caught by the officers on the school bus but what the police didn't catch, these cameras on the bus will.

"We prosecute those individuals or ticket them the best we can," said Stephens.

The cameras were recently installed on a good number of buses, and by the end of the school year, every Dekalb County Eastern bus will have them. Stephens hopes this initiative will help people think twice about putting lives at risk when they approach a stopped bus.

"We'll do everything we can, but it's the driver's responsibility to ensure that they stay behind the bus."

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