Fort Wayne stop arm enforcement blitz ends with more than 100 tickets issued

Stop arm violations have been in the spotlight after three kids were killed while trying to got in their bus in October near Rochester.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 9:22 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2019 3:43 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Fort Wayne Police Department issued more than 100 citations to people running school bus stop arms.

The increased enforcement period ended Friday.

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Fort Wayne police said as of Thursday night, 117 tickets were handed to drivers.

Fort Wayne Community Schools said more tickets were issued Friday morning.

FWPD spokeswoman Sgt. Sofia Rosales-Scatena said the problem is actually worse because officers weren't patroling every bus stop.

"Obviously there's way more violations than what we were prepared for," Rosales-Scatena said.

Stop arm violations have been in the spotlight after three kids were killed while trying to got in their bus in October near Rochester.

Sgt. Rosales-Scatena was hoping the blitz wouldn't have gotten the results it did.

"It's way more than we would've liked to have been writing. I think we need a little better driving from our drivers," said Rosales-Scatena.

FWCS transportation director Frank Jackson said the numbers don't surprise him.

"Unfortunately this is a problem we experience through out the school year," said Jackson.

On April 23, FWCS bus drivers counted 120 drivers ignoring their stop arm.

The count was part of a national survey that found stop arm violations up significantly in a single day.

In the end, Jackson said this enforcement blitz is more than just writing tickets.

"This is about keeping kids safe. This effort is to inform the community we take seriously the safety of our children," said Jackson.

"Children are unpredictable. That's why we have these laws, so we can protect them," said Rosales-Scatena.

Lawmakers increased the penalties for stop arm violations that took effect for this year.

Fort Wayne police also issued at least 210 tickets to drivers speeding in schools zones.

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