Stop arm bill at temporary halt

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The school year is about to begin for many students around Greater Lafayette and it will be another year without cameras on school bus stop arms.

State Rep. Sheila Klinker (D-27) said House Bill 1042 was a bill which would have allowed cameras on bus stop arms. The goal was to catch people who illegally pass school buses, while bus stop arms are out and the lights are on. She said the bill passed it the Indiana House, but did not make it to the Senate floor.

“I think they were worried about, certainly the cost of electronic devices would cause in many school corporations,” said Klinker.

Lafayette School Corporation Transportation Director Jim Scroggin said stop arm violations are a major problem. Scroggin said each year, the School Transportation Association of Indiana conducts an annual survey to see how many people disregard the stop arms on school buses. This year, nearly 200 school corporations participated with 7,500 school buses. It resulted in more than 2,500 violations.

“It is a serious number and it is a serious problem,” said Scroggin.

Scroggin said many violations in Lafayette occur on McCarty Lane. He said the stop arm cameras would help the problem, and it is something LSC would consider if a bill were to pass.

“Anything that would make our drivers aware that it’s a safety concern that we would certainly favor,” said Scroggin.

“I think it is something that will happen in the future, and I think it’s important to many parents, teachers, and administrators,” said Klinker.

For now, LSC is prepping their buses for another school year. Scroggin said the buses are being cleaned, detailed and checked for mechanical issues. All the LSC buses recently passed the state school bus inspection.

Scroggin said the number one priority is the safety of the students.

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