Both Indiana and Illinois receive failing grades for safety around schools and buses

A recent poll shows both Indiana and Illinois got failing grades when it comes to street safety around schools and school buses.

Posted: Dec 11, 2018 11:38 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A recent report shows both Indiana and Illinois got failing grades when it comes to street safety around schools and school buses. 

In the past few months, we've heard about multiple injuries and even deaths of students 

It's something bus drivers in Vigo County say is unacceptable.

Trini Barnes takes cares of 45 kids each day.

They're the kids who ride her school bus to and from Rio Grande elementary school in Vigo County.

"They come to me and they're my children," Barnes said. "I tell their parents when you give me your child they're mine. I love them. They're my kids." 

So. when she hears about another accident involving a student getting on or off a school bus she said she can't handle it. 

The main problem Barnes finds is drivers not paying attention to the school bus light and the stop arm.

"Stop arm violations happen frequently throughout the county. We can hear reports going on all over the radio," she said. "It's a constant habit of the general population that just really don't want to pay attention to the yellow school bus." 

Barnes said each driver does a pre and post check of their school bus for each trip to make sure everything is safe for the students inside the bus. 

When it comes to other drivers, she said they do everything they can to make sure the kids are safe. 

"We give a warning to all drivers coming and going when we are going to stop. I always enter on the door side and exit on the door side," she said. "I only ask them to come to me when it's safe. When I'm at a complete stop when all vehicles are at a complete stop." 

She said when you're driving during school hours make sure you're paying attention.

"Take into consideration when they see the big yellow school bus that they would want to protect our children and love our children as much as they love their own," Barnes said. 

State Senator Eric Bassler is working on new legislation to beef up penalties for drivers who ignore school bus stop arms.

He says he wants to hold drivers more accountable. 

If you would like to see the map with all of the failing states and school districts you can find that here.  

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

(Widget updates once daily at 8 p.m. ET)

Confirmed Cases: 32437

Reported Deaths: 2030
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion9371546
Lake3347170
Cass15867
Allen135366
St. Joseph121834
Hendricks113567
Hamilton112391
Johnson1092104
Elkhart107028
Madison58259
Porter49521
Bartholomew48634
Clark47141
LaPorte41523
Tippecanoe3803
Howard37620
Jackson3681
Delaware35936
Hancock32327
Shelby32121
Floyd31539
Boone29335
Morgan27024
Vanderburgh2532
Montgomery23317
White2288
Decatur22431
Clinton2221
Grant19521
Noble19221
Harrison18821
Dubois1852
Henry1709
Greene16824
Warrick16528
Dearborn16421
Monroe16211
Vigo1507
Lawrence14623
Miami1391
Putnam1347
Jennings1284
Orange12422
Scott1183
Ripley1136
Franklin1068
Kosciusko971
Carroll932
Daviess8416
Marshall801
Steuben802
Wayne755
Newton7410
Wabash732
Fayette714
Jasper621
LaGrange622
Washington521
Fulton471
Jay460
Randolph453
Rush452
Jefferson421
Whitley412
Clay411
Pulaski400
Owen341
Sullivan331
DeKalb331
Brown331
Starke313
Perry260
Wells260
Huntington262
Knox250
Benton250
Tipton241
Crawford230
Blackford202
Switzerland190
Fountain182
Parke180
Spencer171
Posey160
Gibson142
Ohio130
Warren121
Adams121
Vermillion100
Martin90
Union80
Pike60
Unassigned0159

Illinois Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 114306

Reported Deaths: 5083
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Cook745213455
Lake7845270
DuPage7350347
Kane5947162
Will5279264
Winnebago200152
McHenry147569
St. Clair103573
Kankakee80843
Kendall73619
Rock Island63823
Champaign5807
Madison54457
Boone41016
Sangamon33727
DeKalb3343
Randolph2644
Jackson24210
McLean21513
Out of IL2051
Stephenson1942
Ogle1932
Macon18919
Peoria1888
Clinton17817
Union1437
LaSalle14013
Whiteside13410
Iroquois1314
Coles11912
Warren1130
Unassigned1100
Jefferson10116
Knox940
Monroe9311
Grundy882
McDonough837
Lee761
Tazewell693
Cass680
Henry670
Williamson572
Marion500
Jasper457
Adams441
Macoupin431
Perry410
Pulaski410
Montgomery391
Vermilion371
Morgan341
Christian334
Jo Daviess310
Livingston312
Douglas260
Fayette203
Ford201
Jersey201
Washington180
Woodford182
Mason170
Menard170
Mercer160
Shelby161
Bureau151
Hancock150
Carroll142
Franklin120
Piatt120
Schuyler120
Crawford110
Fulton110
Bond101
Brown100
Clark100
Cumberland100
Logan100
Moultrie100
Wayne91
Alexander80
Henderson80
Johnson70
Massac70
Saline70
Effingham61
Greene50
Marshall50
De Witt40
Lawrence40
Richland30
Stark30
Clay20
Edwards20
Gallatin20
Hamilton20
Wabash20
White20
Calhoun10
Hardin10
Pike10
Pope10
Putnam10
Edgar00
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