Schools adjusting bus routes to comply with new state law

By law, no student is allowed to cross a state or federal highway to get on the bus, even with the stop arm out.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 9:14 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 10:17 PM

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (WFFT) - Schools across Indiana are making adjustments to bus routes before students head back to school.

By law, no student is allowed to cross a state or federal highway to get on the bus, even with the stop arm out.

East Noble School Corporation had to make some adjustments to routes because SR 3, US 6, SR 8, and SR 9 run through the district.

Transportation director Josh Buroh told FOX 55 only about a dozen stops needed to be changed to comply with the new law, and compromises had to be made.

"Certainly not a compromise that was more significant than the safety that was added," Buroh said. "It's tough to argue with that. Our student safety is paramount."

The law was approved after three kids were hit and killed crossing a state road in Fulton County to get on their school bus in October.

On April 23, 2,554 drivers across Indiana illegally passed school buses with their stop arms out.

Even though students aren't crossing state roads, drivers are still required to stop for school buses, unless there is a physical barrier.

Now a judge can suspend someone's drivers license for 90 days the first time they illegally pass a school bus.

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