Starting Monday, you will see a lot more Evansville law enforcement officers during your morning commute.
The Stop Arm Enforcement Grant, also known as the S.A.V.E grant, is aimed to provide safe transportation routes for students.
Each EPD officer will be assigned a different bus route. Officers will be following the buses and watching closely for unsafe drivers.
"It's an effort to keep children safe as they board and get off the school bus," says EPD Sgt. Nick Winsett.
Alisa Henderson-Hunt, a crossing guard of 2 years says, "We've had times to where we've had to turn around and push a kid back to the sidewalks because they're not stopping for us." She is thankful our local officers are participating in the spring enforcement campaign.
According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, the greatest risk to a child isn't riding the bus, but approaching or leaving one. And In the Hoosier state, it is against the law for a motorist to pass a bus that's stopped, has its red lights flashings, and stop arm extended.
"If they see a car go past the arm while it's extended they'll stop that car and cite it for the violation," says Winsett
Not only will you see them following the buses - but officers will also patrol in the school zones as well, looking for anyone speeding or showing signs of distracted driving.
EPD says motorists in Evansville are mostly mindful when it comes to driving in school zones, but it only takes one distracted driver to change that.
The campaign will run from Monday, April 26th to Friday, May 14th.