BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) - Tippecanoe County School Corporation welcomed hundreds of smiling children and teens this past Tuesday for their first day of school, and more than half of them take the school bus.
Parents made it clear they do not want to see cars passing their children's stopped school buses. Some parents have even gone as far as taking license plate photos of these vehicles and making signs for cars to slow down.
"I worry one of these days they're going to ram right into her when she's just stepping onto this bus and kills my child, her future, she's a brilliant child," said Kimberlee Marvin a Mother of two school-age girls and grandmother to two young boys.
On Wednesday a little after 7:00 am several cars were seen passing a stopped school bus on State Road 43 North. Marvin says this should not only concern parents but also the school.
"People are not thinking we've had so many fatalities with children across the country with people doing the exact same thing," she stated.
Earlier this year Marvin decided to contact TCS. She managed to get buses to drop kids off on their side of the street so children and teens will not have to walk across the road, but she says it's still an issue that vehicles are passing buses.
"It's not only your life but you're definitely putting your life in somebody's hands," said Marvin.
I reached out to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's office and they said officers are patrolling the area where school buses make regular stops at, and they even said they've given multiple traffic citations since the start of school.
Marvin says she wakes up every morning to make sure not only her children arrive safely on the bus but other kids as well.
“You just want the one thing to be safe," said Marvin. "Just stepping out the bus should be safe,”
A new law has been put in place to give harsher penalties to drivers who do not stop for school buses.
If someone is injured or killed, the crime will be a level six felony.