Editorial: School bus stop arms keep children safe

Daily Journal

We’ve all seen it happen: An impatient driver pulls around a stopped school bus, even though the lights are flashing, and the warning arm is extended.

Fortunately, we have had few cases in Johnson County in which a child was struck. But thoughtless motorists continue to put children needlessly at risk as they get on and off the bus.

Passing a stopped school bus is a violation of state traffic laws, but issuing tickets is a near impossibility.

State Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, is concerned about the risks and would like to help reduce such incidents. He is drafting legislation that would:

  • Allow school corporations to hire firms to install cameras on school bus stop-arms.
  • Carry an automatic fine for violators caught on camera.
  • Allow the firms handling the camera installation to share fine revenue with the school corporation.

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