Knox county sheriff's dept. increases patrols on bus routes

Extra patrols are in an effort to cut down on stop arm violations

Posted: Apr 16, 2019 6:38 PM
Updated: Apr 16, 2019 6:49 PM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Allyson Bowers has been transportation director at North Knox schools for three years. In that time she's seen an alarming trend.

Bowers says, "We have seemingly had an increase in stop arm violations here at North Knox."

Those violations are happening even after a bus accident that killed three kids in Rochester Indiana.

Bowers explains, "It seems like the tragedy in Rochester would have brought some light to people's eyes and maybe I need to pay more attention. Maybe I need to. It's almost seemed like it's been the opposite."

Bowers says violations are happening everywhere in the district. This includes on the highways and even down tight small town streets.

Bowers says, "This happens in every city we have. I mean it happens in Bicknell, Oaktown, Edwardsport, Sandborn, everywhere. And they'll even pause sometimes and seem to assess the situation and then go ahead and drive around the stop arm."

The Knox County sheriff's office is taking action. More deputies will be out on patrols looking for violations. All in the hope that another tragedy will be averted.

Knox County Sheriff Doug Vantlin says, "If we do catch you running a stop arm it won't be a warning. It will be a ticket."

Patrols will go through the remainder of the school year.

Bower says, "If it was your child crossing would you want someone else to just go by? No matter the speed. It doesn't matter if you're going fast or slow. If you go around that you're putting those kid's lives in danger."

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