In an effort to crack down on school bus stop arm violations; local police departments will be participating in the statewide campaign, Stop Arm Violation Enforcement (S.A.V.E.). The program is designed to encourage collaboration between law enforcement, school corporations and school bus operators.
A media blitz was held this past Monday to explain the collaboration among the schools, the bus drivers and law enforcement with officers. Local officers will begin following buses on routes selected by the Duneland School Corporation as being prone to stop arm violations beginning on August 14 and continuing every school day through September 15. Officer presence will offer high visibility and immediate enforcement should drivers ignore an extended stop-arm on a school bus and endanger the lives of children.
Officers will work from 6-10 a.m., and 2-6 p.m., Monday-Friday on days when school is in session. Upon arrival at school locations from routes of travel, officers will provide on-site support for crosswalk violations furthering support for safe travels to school.
The S.A.V.E. Program goal is to support and provide safe transportation routes to and from school for school children of all ages in Indiana. This program is intended to prevent violations through high visibility enforcement (HVE) by following school bus routes to provide on the spot enforcement for violations.