Elizabethtown police issue school bus warning on Facebook
Under Kentucky state law, drivers on two- or three-lane highways are required to stop when a school bus is stopped with the stop arm activated.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – The Elizabethtown Police Department reminds drivers of the importance of stopping around school buses.
In a Facebook post shared on Tuesday, the department said it had received an increased number of reports of people walking past school buses with the stop arm extended.
Under Kentucky state law, drivers on two- or three-lane highways are required to stop when a school bus is stopped with the stop arm activated. On a four-lane road, anyone traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.
“We have zero tolerance for violators of this offense,” the department said in the post.
Elizabethtown PD said anyone seen passing a school bus under these circumstances will be cited. Depending on the Kentucky legislature, violators could face fines or jail time.
“Children are our most precious resource and their safety is of the utmost importance,” the message read. “It’s not just a stop, it’s a child’s life!”
In 2020, there were 129 school bus-related crashes in Kentucky, resulting in 11 injuries, according to Kentucky State Police.
A bill that would have added new rules and regulations for stop-arm cameras on Kentucky school buses was introduced this session but did not pass the Senate.
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