TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - It's a sight Tonya Schultz sees almost every day, as cars and trucks blow past the school bus stop arm, as her kids are boarding their school bus.
"This has been a problem since my son entered kindergarten," said Schultz. "That was three years ago."
Schultz lives on Gushwa Drive, just off Old State Road 25 in Lafayette. She said she's tried everything to get drivers to stop, and has even called the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office multiple times.
"The bus drivers have given them plenty of stopping time, they lay on the horn, that doesn't make any difference," said Schultz. "We recently started going down there with a video camera."
The images Schultz has captured show cars, and even semis, whizzing past the stopped bus in a hurry.
"It's very frustrating," said Schultz. "Those are my children. Those are people I care about."
Captain Brian Sterner with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office said cars are required to stop at a bus stop arm no matter what.
He said only when there is a grass or concrete median are vehicles allowed to use due regard. He said those who don't obey could face punishment.
"It is a Class B misdemeanor," said Sterner. "However, if it results in bodily injury to a third party other than the violator, it can be bumped up to a Class A misdemeanor."
Sterner said while it's difficult for deputies to be present at every bus stop in Tippecanoe County, he wants parents to know the problem is on their radar.
Sterner said every bus driver has the ability to fill out an affidavit if they see someone blow past their stop arm.
"They simply put the plate number, the vehicle description, and a brief narrative explaining what happened during the violation," said Sterner.
Sterner said the forms can be turned in to the sheriff's office, and if the plate matches the vehicle description, Sterner said the affidavits are given to the prosecutor's office.
He said if charged, drivers could risk losing their drivers license for up to a year.
"Please stop," said Schultz. "The life of a child is not worth getting to your destination five minutes sooner."
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