East Noble seeing fewer stop-arm violations with cameras on every bus

East Noble put stop arm cameras on every bus in the fleet a few years ago.

Posted: Nov 1, 2018 9:51 PM
Updated: Nov 1, 2018 10:23 PM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - After several incidents at school bus stops across the country this week, many people in northeast Indiana still aren't stopping as kids are getting on and off the bus.

Tuesday morning, three kids in Rochester, Indiana were killed when a truck didn't stop as kids were crossing the street to the bus.

On Wednesday, a 9-year-old Mississippi boy was killed when a car failed to stop for the school. Police in Kentucky are still looking for the driver who hit two kids getting on the bus.

Thursday, five children and two adults were hit by a car as they waited for the school bus in Tampa, Florida. A kid in Pensalvania was also killed as he waited on the bus.

Many violations in northeast Indiana are being caught on camera.

East Noble School Corporation said one of those cameras caught four drivers not stopping on U.S. 6 in Kendallville as elementary students were getting on the bus.

"It's very scary knowing people don't respect that," said Misty Crow.

Crow's kids ride that bus, but they weren't on yesterday morning as the four cars illegally passed it.

She said people just need to take their time around bus stops.

"That says their time is more valuable than anything or anyone else's and my children are precious to me," said Crow.

East Noble transportation director Josh Buhro said kids don't cross the street there because cars don't stop.

The stop is on U.S. 6 where it is four lanes, without a physical barrier.

"Our buses transport kids. They are the most valuable asset, not just to our district and their families, but to our future, to our communities," said Buhro.

That's why East Noble put stop arm cameras on every bus in the fleet a few years ago, giving parents like Crow some piece of mind.

"If my child was ever injured, I would definitely want to be able to know how it happened, what happened and who was all involved," she said.

The results for East Noble were immediate and violations have since gone down.

Buhro just wishes the cameras weren't needed.

"The fact we even have to have those on our buses is a loss for us as a society," Buhro said.

In Indiana, if you do run a stop arm, you could be up to $10,000.

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