Local school bus companies cope with bus driver shortage

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Law enforcement takes school bus stop arm and school patrol crossing guard flag violations very seriously.

The law, according to the ISP: Motorists approaching from any direction a school bus, which is stopped and whose flashing red lights are activated and its stop arm extended, are required to stop, even on multiple lane highways.

One recurring issue for bus drivers are vehicles that pass stopped buses.

"I have serious concerns about you being able to make it to the end of the school year", said Flores, who added that he wants Dallas ISD attorneys to review whether the bus agency has breached its contract with the district.

School has begun in several states, and many bus companies nationwide said they face a driver shortage, USA Today reported. Each year the Indiana Department of Education gathers information from school corporations for stop-arm violations on a set day. About 400 drivers are making sure they can finish their routes with all the stops on time.

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As the number of school buses on the roads has increased, so has the number of stop-arm violations.

But once drivers are on Veterans Parkway, which has a grass median, they must stop only for a bus going in their direction.

North Daviess Superintendent Bob Bell said with so much construction taking place around the northern area school, motorists need to pay close attention. Sometimes a child who is lagging behind comes running up to the bus after others have climbed aboard. This is particularly true during the school year. "We're pretty obvious", said Merri Beechboard of Hayden Anderson Transit System, which operates the largest fleet of school buses in Madison County for Anderson Community Schools.

Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.

Watch and stop for pedestrians - the law applies to all street corners, for both marked and unmarked crosswalks (all street corners) - every corner is a crosswalk. If you're distracted and can't see a big yellow bus with flashing red lights chances are you won't see a kid crossing the street, either.

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