Bloomington, Ind. – August 7, 2023
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reminding motorists to stop for school buses. The MCSO posted on social media Monday morning, “It’s Monday August 7, 2023. You know what that means school is in session. Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is out early this morning ensuring a safe start to the week. Follow these pictures and stop for the stop arm. Thank you and be safe!!!”
Violators can be fined of up to $10,000 or have their license suspended for up to 90 days for the first offense or lose their license for up to a year for the second.
School is back in session in Monroe County, with RBB schools starting Wednesday, MCCSC starting last week, and IU move-in this weekend. Motorists are urged to be extra cautious when driving near school buses and school zones.
Tips for Driving Safely Near School Buses
- Always stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended.
- Even if you are driving in the opposite direction of a school bus, you must stop if its red lights are flashing and its stop arm is extended.
- Do not pass a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended.
- Be aware of children who may be crossing the street near a school bus.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when you see a school bus approaching.