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Memo to motorists: Stop

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Motorists are supposed to stop any time they see a stop-arm out from a school bus. [Order this photo]
* Officials reminding residents to stop for school buses

With school now in full session, local law enforcement and Clay Community Schools officials are reminding motorists to keep an eye out for stop-arms on school buses.

The 2012-13 school year officially began Tuesday, but officials have received reports of several motorists ignoring stop-arms when they are in use.

Clay Community Schools Transportation Director Frank Misner [Click to enlarge]
"We know it's an ongoing problem," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times. "It's a pattern people are going to have to get used to again. Traffic in all directions has to stop no matter what, unless there is a median between a divided highway."

Clay Community Schools Director of Transportation Frank Misner told The Times if they can, bus drivers take down the license plate number of violators. Following that, they radio in to the bus garage and authorities are then notified.

"It's a daily occurrence," Misner said. "It happens all the time. Stop-arm violators are a daily occurrence.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton [Click to enlarge]
"We get calls all the time about it."

Heaton said it is difficult for bus drivers to get a license plate number, especially since they are watching the children on the school bus.

"It is difficult for them," he said. "They have a difficult enough job to make sure the children are safe getting on and off (the bus). The citizens should do what they are supposed to do. It's pretty clear-cut."

Heaton added his department receives phone calls at a more frequent pace when the school year begins.

"It kind of picks up at the beginning of the school year, but it happens (year-round)," he said.

With the school year only days old, Misner said while the bus facility has received phone calls from concerned residents regarding stop-arm violators, the start of the year has gone quite well.

"It's been a normal start for us," Misner said. "We've not had a lot of problems."

Misner said they also call Indiana State Police Trooper Chuck Tharp, who works with the corporation when it comes to bus inspection time.

"(The bus garage) fills out a form, and then we send it to (Tharp)," Misner said.

Misner added the state asks bus facilities annually to conduct a survey regarding stop-arm violations. He said it typically takes place in May.

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It would be nice to see the sheriffs department patrolling when buses are out.

-- Posted by tyronecayton on Mon, Aug 20, 2012, at 8:23 AM

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