Police Hand Out Over 2,000 Tickets in 2019 around School Bus Stops, Routes

State officials say Indiana police departments issued nearly 2,700 tickets and 1,400 warnings for unsafe driving around school bus stops and routes during a two-month enforcement program.

The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute says the program funded additional patrols by nearly 40 police departments aimed at improving school bus safety. Those citations issued during the first two months of the 2019-20 school year included 453 bus stop-arm violations and 1,239 for speeding.

The patrol period came after bus stop safety gained greater attention after three children were fatally struck in October 2018 while crossing a highway to board their school bus near Rochester.