The Evansville Police Department is ramping up its school bus patrols this spring as more students are returning to in-person learning.
Over the next couple of months, officers will be positionedalong bus stops and routes watching for stop-arm violations and any unsafe driving behavior.
“Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a very dangerous and serious offense,” said Lieutenant Paul Kirby. “We want students to arrive to school and return home safely, which is why we’re asking all motorists to drive cautiously around buses or face the consequences.”
The department joins more than 200 around the state for the spring enforcement campaign, designed to encourage motorists to stop for school buses. High-visibility patrols will be conducted in the morning and afternoon along routes identified by local bus drivers and school transportation officials.
While officers will be focusing on stop-arm violations, they will also be on the lookout for any unsafe driving behavior such as speeding and distracted driving.
The overtime patrols are funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the state’s Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (SAVE) program, which was developed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute in 2019.