As children in Elkhart County head back to school, drivers need to be aware of the increase of school buses on the road.
As a reminder, Indiana state law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children. Watch for school buses with the stop arm extended and flashing red lights, which means STOP, not proceed with caution.
This law applies to all roadways except those that are divided by a physical barrier or an unimproved median. On a divided roadway, one with a concrete, metal, or grass median, only vehicles traveling in the same direction as the school bus are required to stop. A turn lane is not considered a median, and as a general rule, if you can easily drive over it, it is not a median.
Disregarding a school bus stop signal is serious, and you can receive a traffic ticket for doing so.
In addition, drivers should also be aware of increased pedestrian traffic, particularly around bus stops and schools. Motorists will also need to monitor their speed when driving in a school zone.
Please remember, if your child was boarding a school bus, you would want motorists to be attentive as they drive.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department would like everyone to have a safe and happy school year!