Indiana police get $380K for school bus stop enforcement

The funding from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute comes as Indiana children are heading back to school following the summer break.

Posted: Aug 6, 2019 2:27 PM
Updated: Aug 6, 2019 4:24 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Dozens of Indiana police departments are getting a combined $380,000 to boost traffic enforcement at school bus stops and enforce new penalties put in place following last year's deaths of three siblings fatally struck at a northern Indiana bus stop.

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The funding from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute comes as Indiana children are heading back to school following the summer break.

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The grants will cover overtime enforcement for 39 police agencies over the next two months.

Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the funding Monday, saying police officers "will be enforcing increased fines and penalties for drivers who recklessly pass bus stops and drive aggressively."

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Lawmakers included those tougher fines and penalties in a law adopted last spring to protect thousands of children who converge daily at bus stops from distracted motorists.

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