Ask a Trooper: School Bus Stop Arm Fines

Tomas Mccoy
August 12, 2017

Dallas Independent School District board members grilled Dallas County Schools Thursday, wanting to know if the troubled bus agency has enough bus drivers to be able to get kids to school on time this year.

To contact the Indiana State Police Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division with questions about stop arm violations you may click on the link https://secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index then click on email ISP. After the bus comes to a stop, red flashing lights are activated, a stop arm extends and motorists need to stop a safe distance from the bus.

Drivers who illegally pass a school bus and are seen by law enforcement can be pulled over and issued a moving violation.

"When you see a school bus, pay attention to those lights".

School has begun in several states, and many bus companies nationwide said they face a driver shortage, USA Today reported.

"People running the stop arm, that's my biggest fear", said Paul Floyd who's been driving school buses for 11 years.

Motorists on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved median-a concrete or cable barrier, say, or a grass median-are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. Many motorists are confused when they are required to stop.


"The unlawful disregard for the school bus stop arm is not an isolated problem", said Puckett, adding it's an occurring problem across the state and country.

Altering a route or schedule to avoid a bus is one way motorists can help improve safety. "Throughout a 180-day school year, these sample results point to more than 14 million violations among America's motoring public".

TPSD transportation officials urge bus drivers and drivers in other vehicles to be particularly cautious during loading and unloading.

Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.

Some Dallas school trustees said such shortages are unacceptable. Of those 55 were occupants of school transportation vehicles and 119 were pedestrians, but school buses will remain one of the safest means of transportation.

Students are instructed to wait until their bus driver signals for them to cross the road as a precaution against oncoming traffic.

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