School bus stop arm violations down in Allen County

On April 23, 170 people passed a school bus stop arm in only Allen County.

Posted: May 16, 2019 8:31 PM
Updated: May 17, 2019 8:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hundreds of people are still illegally passing school buses across Indiana, despite three students being killed in October while boarding a bus.

On April 23, 170 people passed a school bus stop arm in only Allen County.

That's the day the Indiana Department of Education asked schools to count violations for a national survey.

Overall, stop arm violations are down in Allen County compared to last year's survey.

Every district, besides Northwest Allen County Schools counted fewer illegal passes.

NACS reported 7, up from 6 the year before.

Spokeswoman Lizette Downey said this survey is just a quick snapshot of the real problem.

"It just depends on the day. And I think in this case you happen to catch us on a really good day," Downey said.

Fort Wayne Community Schools, the county's largest school district, reported the most with 119 violations, which is about 50 fewer violations from last year.

Transportation director Frank Jackson credited that to increased enforcement and awareness.

In March, police patrolled around known problem stops, writing more than 60 tickets for stop arm violations.

Jackson said efforts to reduce violations will continue.

"Because we carry precious cargo, our children, we are going to make every effort to make sure the community is well informed," Jackson said.

Jackson said FWCS will be counting violations for an entire week by the end of the month.

Next school year, drivers can have their license suspended for 90 days the first time they run a school bus stop arm in Indiana.

IDOE is still compiling the statewide survey and hasn't those results.

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