INDIANA (WFIE) - On April 24, Indiana school bus drivers took note of every person who violated the school bus stop arm.
Sergeant Todd Ringle with Indiana State Police said the numbers are alarming. "Over three-thousand motorists disregarded school bus stop arms in one single day. Is very concerning," said Sergeant Ringle.
The National Association of Pupil Transportation Services found on April 24th, 3,077 Indiana drivers ignored bus stop signs.
Warrick Co. Schools Superintendent Brad Schneider said, "Please slow down. Pay attention. A lot of our students, 6, 7, 8-years old, may not look both ways when they cross the street or be aware of oncoming traffic."
What's most alarming is in Warrick County they are seeing these violations nearly every day.
"We have equipped some of our busses now with cameras that can get license plates. Local law enforcement have been wonderful to work with. They will issue a citation," said Schneider.
State police say it comes down to being distracted and add it's not worth risking a child's life. "A lot of these individuals that disregard stop arms, they're distracted in their cars and they're on their cell phones. So we need to get people to be aware of that and stay off their cell phones," said Sergeant Ringle.
Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation punishable by a maximum fine of up to $10,000.