LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The Lafayette Police Department is preparing for school buses to be back on the roads as classes begin.
LPD is one of 200 law enforcement agencies participating in overtime patrols for school bus safety.
The overtime patrols are part of Indiana's Stop Arm Violation Enforcement Program. The program was created by the Criminal Justice Institute and is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"This is outside of our regular duty assignments, so it allows us to work overtime," said LPD traffic Sgt. Scott Anderson. "It gives us state and federal money and we can use that however we can within the limit of the grant."
Mark Roberts is the school resource officer for LPD. Roberts says the overtime patrols will be implemented for a couple of weeks in specific areas.
"We have different roadways that we have higher violations, so we're going to target those areas one per day," said Roberts.
Roberts will be sitting on the school bus calling out stop-arm violations.
"I will call out violations of vehicles that are not stopping," Roberts said. "Then we have other officers that are assigned the detail to pull them over and take enforcement action."
Roberts said he would like to see no violations, but he knows school buses have been off the roads for awhile.
He hopes this safety program will remind drivers to be mindful of school buses.
"Anytime you're stopping traffic violations I think it's beneficial for the community," said Roberts. "Especially when it comes to kids crossing the street."