LP Police increase patrols to watch for school bus violations, aggressive driving

 

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City of La Porte Police are ramping up enforcement to protect students going to and from school. During September, officers will be conducting extra patrols to watch for aggressive driving behaviors and school bus stop arm violations.  

“Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a very dangerous and serious offense,” said Chief Paul Brettin. “We want students to arrive to school and return home safely, which is why we’re asking all motorists to drive cautiously around buses or face the consequences.”

In Indiana, it’s against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. This applies to all roads, with one exception. Motorists who are on a highway that is divided by a barrier, such as a cable barrier, concrete wall or grassy median are required to stop only if they are traveling in the same direction as the school bus. 

Along with stop arm violations, officers will be observing for speed violations, disregarding stop light and stop sign violations, hands-free driving violations, unsafe driving behaviors, unsafe lane movement, following too closely, and other violations that potentially lead to accidents.  

To learn more about the La Porte Police Department, visit www.cityoflaporte.com/departments/police/ or click here for a list of school bus safety tips.

One Response to “LP Police increase patrols to watch for school bus violations, aggressive driving”

  1. Concerened

    Sep 07. 2021

    This is good to know. It always seems like it is a chore for people to stop at a STOP sign. Willard Ave, Wright Ave and South Ave all where those roads meet Fox St seem to be where people see yield signs and not STOP signs. Rolling through a STOP sign onto a road where cross traffic does not stop is going to catch up with some of these people. Just hope no one gets hurt or worse because of it!! Have a good day!

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