The Indiana State Police is reminding motorists that, under state law, they
must stop for school buses whose lights are flashing and stop arms
From any direction, motorists approaching a school which is stopped with its
flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended must stop
themselves, even on multiple lane highways.
There is only one exception: on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved
median. In that case motorists traveling in the opposite direction of the
bus may continue; motorists traveling in the same direction, however, must
stop. If there is no unimproved median or barrier, then all motorists in all
directions must stop.
And when approaching a school bus motorists should be prepared to stop and
watch for slowed or stopped traffic.
Disregarding a school bus stop arm is a serious violation and one that
school bus drivers are quick to report. Violation of this law is a Class “A”
infraction and is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000.