TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - We're now about a month into school and our local law enforcement agencies have been hard at work enforcing traffic laws, especially traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones.
"The most common violation is on a multiple lane highway and it's cars that are going in the opposite direction of the school bus," said Sgt. Mike Brown from Lafayette Police.
State Road 43 is an example of such a road. Captain Robert Hainje from the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office said that road is a hot spot for these types of violations, even though the road is marked with signs.
Sgt. Jason Philhower with the West Lafayette police traffic unit said there is one area in particular they watch.
"The area between Yeager Road and Northwestern Avenue and Sagamore Parkway," he said. "We get a lot of complaints from parents and bus drivers in that area."
WLPD has multiple officers on motorcycles who stake out Yeager Road area during school bus times. Sgt. Philhower said they do have all the West Lafayette School bus routes, sometimes officers follow buses on their full route, other times they park and focus on a specific area.
"Since West Side started on August 8th, we've written at least 20 infractions for the school bus stop arm violations," he said.
LPD said it has had eight and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office has had four, but this isn't their only problem.
The normal speed limit along 50 West, which goes past Henry Harrison High School and Battle Ground Middle School, is 50 miles per hour. Just half a mile later, it reduces down to thirty miles per hour. The Sheriff's Office said most of their traffic violations since school has started have been because of speeding through school zones.
To be exact, out of 80 total traffic stops since school has started, 70 of those have been speeding violations, resulting in 35 tickets given.
The Sheriff's Office and WLPD shared some of the hot spots they keep an eye on around the county: Cherry Lane between Northwestern Avenue and McCormick Road, McCarty Lane between Creasy Lane and Veterans Memorial Parkway, Brady Lane between Concord Road and Sagamore Parkway, State Road 43 between 600 N and 225 and State Road 38 between Sagamore Parkway and I-65. Captain Hainje said most of the people they pull over on S.R. 38 are mainly work commuters from out-of-county.
The message from all three agencies is the same:
"Recognize the importance of the protecting the children, err on the side of caution and stop," said Sgt. Brown.