Stop Arm Violations

School is out in Warren County, which means the district's transportation department is crunching the numbers for how many road violations it has had in recent years.

Two years ago Warren County bus drivers began tracking the number of vehicles that ran stop arms. That information tracked, is turned into the Bowling Green Police Department or the Warren County Sheriff's Office. Then it's handed over to the county attorney.

Shirley Raymer has been driving for the Warren County School District for around 30 years. She said the safety of her students is her top priority.

"If we're loading, picking up or dropping off students we have to be watching for those stops and that's the most critical part of our job," Raymer said.

"You're having to watch for cars pulling out in front of you - making sure you don't hit them if you're on a heavily traveled road," said Sandra Duvall, the Training Safety manager for Warren County Schools.

In 2005 to help with the number of stop arm violations, the school district began having its drivers write down the license plates and other identifying factors of those who ran the stop arms.

"That was one of their biggest complaints - people running my stop arm. We can't seem to get it under control," said John Odom, the Director of Transportation for Warren County Schools.

Since the program began the number of violations has decreased dramatically in the Warren County School District alone.

In 2005 there were 212 violations, 112 in 2006, and only 34 this school year.

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"We're not trying to put anyone in any situation to go to court. We just want to make sure our kids are safe," Odom said.

As for Raymer this relatively new system makes her feel more secure on the road.

For more information on the rules of the road you can log onto http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/pdf/2005_KY_Drivers_Manual.pdf


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