Stop Arm Violations

By Lauren Hanson | 

Protecting you children is the number one priority of school districts.

This school year Warren County Schools and Bowling Green City Schools are helping police find offenders who pass school buses when the stop arm is extended.

John Odom, the director of transportation for Warren County Schools says: "When a bus is stopped, and the stop arm is out, and the lights are flashing, then a car should stop and not pass the bus because of the safety of the student."

The drivers write down the descriptions and license plate numbers of the violating vehicles that pass a bus when the stop arm is extended.

Odom says: "We're averaging a stop arm violation every 2.9 days is basically what it boils down to."

When a bus driver writes down a car's information, it gets turned into the county's transportation department, who then turns it over to the Bowling Green City Police, the Warren County Sheriff's Department, or the Warren County Attorney's Office.

The agencies say they want the public to be aware of these violations, so students aren't injured or even killed when they're trying to cross the street.

Some of the buses even have cameras on the stop arms, so if you pass a school bus when the stop arm is extended it can take pictures of your license plate.

Since this is the first year us drivers have kept tabs on the violations, Odom says his department will have an idea of how the system is working after the next school year when it can compare data.