The Howard County Sheriff’s Office has received a $3,000 grant to fund increased enforcement of school bus stop-arm violations. The grant was one of several announced Monday by Gov. Eric Holcomb, who said the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute was awarding about $380,000 to 39 Hoosier police agencies “for overtime school-bus stop enforcement.”
The grant money will fund additional patrols, following school buses throughout Howard County, especially in areas where stop-arm violations have been reported. Officers on the patrols – planned through Sept. 15 – will be in both marked and unmarked police cars. “We are excited to participate in this effort in reducing the number of stop-arm violators to help ensure our kids are safe” said Operation Pull Over Coordinator, Sgt. Justin Markley.
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State law requires a school bus to use flashing lights and extend its stop arm while loading and unloading students along a public roadway. Drivers are required to stop while the arm is extended.
In a release, Holcomb called the grants “one of many steps that Indiana is taking to protect the safety of school children as classes resume.”