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Driver issued several citations during crackdown on Lake Central school bus stop arm violations

Police officers huddle during an enforcement effort targeting school bus stop arm violations Monday in Dyer, Schererville and St. John. One person was issued several citations, police said.

St. John, Schererville and Dyer police teamed up recently to target school bus stop arm violations and issued several citations to a driver in St. John.

An officer from each town rode on a Lake Central School Corp. bus during morning and afternoon routes, watching for stop arm violations. Meanwhile, officers in marked and unmarked police cars traveled behind the buses in case a traffic stop was necessary.

Police saw one violation, and cited the driver in St. John for a school bus arm violation, expired license plates and driving while suspended.

Police plan to conduct similar enforcement efforts in the future, St. John police Cmdr. Steve Flores said. He encouraged motorists to always obey traffic laws, because dates for future enforcement efforts will not be disclosed.

Police have received positive feedback on the program from parents, students, teachers and bus drivers, he said.

"I was one of the officers on a bus, and I appreciate much more what these drivers do every day," Flores said. "The safety of our schoolchildren is paramount in our collaborative effort to keep them safe, and we look forward to continuing this effort."

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