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.