South Putnam School Corporation Transportation Director Neil Rissler has received reports of several problems regarding people not stopping for buses along the highway. He said he attributes the problem to construction on I-70 increasing out-of-state traffic along U.S. 40.
"We've been fortunate in no close calls," Rissler said.
Bus drivers are expected to be careful, inform Rissler of instances of reckless behavior and not extend the arms at the last minute.
Drivers are also asked to try to get the plate numbers of drivers that break the law, but not at the expense of watching the children getting on and off the bus.
"We try to (get the plate numbers) but they're usually moving so fast and we're trying to keep track of the students," Rissler said.
Rissler has spoken with the Indiana State Police at Putnamville about placing undercover police officers along the road in order to catch those that break the law.
According to State Trooper Cory Robinson, that has not yet happened. The number of reports has gone down since school started, but it does still happen.
"When school first starts, you have more problems than you do the rest of the year," Robinson said.
The penalty for breaking this law is typically an infraction, similar to a speeding ticket. But drivers can also be charged with a misdemeanor if the driver proves to be negligent of the safety of others, Robinson said.
While the increase in the amount of infractions may have increased because of highway construction, it still occurs every year regardless.
Robinson asks that both bus drivers and others be cautious and follow the law.