(WFIE) - Tri-State schools will be getting back in session over next two weeks and local law enforcement officials are reminding drivers to keep an eye out for school buses.
The law requires that all lanes of traffic must stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children. The exception is a divided highway, where only vehicles traveling in the same direction as a school bus are required to stop.
Police say they often receive complaints from school officials about drivers that don't stop for school buses. As a matter of fact, the Indiana Department of Education says there were more than 2,500 stop-arm violations in Indiana last year alone. You could be fined up to $10,000 if you don't stop for a bus that is loading or unloading children.
Even if you are an extra careful driver and obey the rules around school buses, children sometimes don't watch where they are going. So, when you see those big, yellow buses wait until the boys and girls are safely in the bus or on the sidewalk before moving, even if the arm is up and red lights are off.
Let's make this year a safe and happy one for all of our Tri-State children.