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Loading zone survey conducted

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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A recent national survey, which Clay Community School bus drivers took part in, showed 19 "incidents" where vehicles illegally passed a school bus while the "STOP" arm was extended. If a driver violates Indiana Code 9-21-8-52 by illegally passing, the violator could be issued a citation, have their license suspended for no more than one year and no less than 30 days and/or be arrested. This is a Class B misdemeanor, and a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury. Jessica Murray Photo. [Order this photo]
Clay Community School (CCS) bus drivers reported 19 "incidents" where vehicles illegally passed a school bus with its "STOP" arm extended earlier this month.

The drivers participated in a national survey concerning loading zone safety for the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS), Tuesday, May 3.

The NASDPTS conducted the survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses, the contributing causes and potential solutions.

"Students who ride buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the 'danger zone,'" Indiana Transportation Director Michael LaRocco said.

A single "incident" includes one or more cars illegally passing a stopped school bus during a complete stopping procedure.

Therefore, 19 "incidents" doesn't mean there were only 19 violators.

"This is a pretty typical day for us. People are inconsiderate and in a hurry. Unfortunately, being in a hurry could get a child hurt or even killed. But this report is just a snapshot," CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner said. "The problem could be improved if people were more aware of the buses and bus stops, and if police work areas where the stops are more frequent."

According to Indiana Code 9-21-8-52, "A person who operates a vehicle and who recklessly passes a school bus stopped on a roadway when the arm signal device specified in IC 9-21-12-13 is in the device's extending position commits a Class B misdemeanor. However, the offense is a Class A misdemeanor if it causes bodily injury to a person."

A stop arm violator can be issued a citation, have their license suspended for up to one year and no less than 30 days and/or be arrested.

Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce told The Brazil Times that before he became the chief, "I caught someone blowing past a school bus on a four-lane road in Harmony. You can't do that unless there's a divided lane with a median wider than 10-feet."

All Clay Community School drivers were instructed to pay close attention to vehicles not complying with the Indiana Code.

Every time a vehicle violates the code, the driver's job is to take down as much information as possible about the vehicle and driver and report the information to the Prosecutor's Office.


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All Clay Community School drivers were instructed to pay close attention to vehicles not complying with the Indiana Code. Who is watching the Bus Drivers? I know for a fact there has been 2 buses BREAKING the Law by Speeding and has been reported but they STILL SPEED .

Kids First !

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, May 18, 2011, at 8:45 PM

Now you must remember that we are talking Brazil. A lot of 'em have trouble with those big words like STOP.

-- Posted by BWare on Wed, May 18, 2011, at 9:47 PM

Stick to the article when commenting, instead of making it your personal platform.

I would like to see those who violate the STOP arm prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is just the tip of the iceberg. This happens every day.

Where you have to go is not more important than a life. Slow down! Leave earlier!

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 11:33 AM

Clay Community School (CCS)= Brazil

passing a stopped school bus = not stopping

People are inconsiderate and in a hurry"I caught someone blowing past a school bus on a four-lane road in Harmony.,= could b speeding

The law is for everyone including bus drivers

Emmes, i think all comments are related to the article with the exception on this one:

Stick to the article when commenting, instead of making it your personal platform

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 12:12 PM

Emmes, did we miss the notice that appointed you moderator, or is this self appointed?

-- Posted by BWare on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 2:01 PM

I think that EVERYONE needs to slow down!!! We are all in such a huge hurry all the time!!!

-- Posted by FireWife27 on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 3:00 PM

Off point for a moment to address (2) comments:

BWARE - Obviously, you did.

CARE - What made you think I was talking about your comment?

As for "2 buses breaking the law by speeding", I have but one commment:

Ever been fishing? You have? Ever caught ALL the fish? There were 19 CONFIRMED motorists passing a school bus stopped to pick up children. I'm sure if the police witnessed a bus driver disobeying the speed limit, they would take action.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 4:18 PM

I think that the safety of our children is more important that being right in this conversation, and that is what is at stake here. I have witnessed people going on by also. I realize that it is hard for law enforcement to be everywhere and it is expensive. I propose that parent volunteers ride with the bus drivers and take down the car information to pass on to the law enforcement. I would be willing to take my turn. What do you all think?

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 4:24 PM

Emmes, there was at the time 2 comments, to me both were on point. about fishing, never caught All, and some days I caught None but I wasnt in the right place. I have never seen or heard of a bus driver getting a speeding ticket while in the bus. Have you? I rest my case.

I also think anyone caught driving around a bus with the arm out and the lights on should be punished to the max.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 9:24 PM

Emmes, you didn't answer the question. Were you appointed or are you self appointed?

BTW Emmes, your post is off topic. Fishing has nothing to do with school bus safety.

-- Posted by BWare on Fri, May 20, 2011, at 5:15 AM

BUSYMOM, I think what you propose is a GREAT idea. We may be surprised at how many parents would volunteer to ride with bus drivers.

B & C - thanks for proving my point.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, May 20, 2011, at 10:50 AM


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