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A camera below the stop sign is tested on a local school bus. Hobart police plan to increase patrols on stop arm violations starting Wednesday.

HOBART — With the start of the school year just around the corner, police plan to increase patrols focusing on stop arm violations, starting Wednesday until Sept. 15.

Lt. Ronald Russo said it is a Class A misdemeanor to pass a school bus while the stop arm is extended and lights are flashing. If bodily injury is caused, it then becomes a level 6 felony. In the result of a death, a person will face a level 5 felony.

Russo said the Hobart Police Department is joining 38 other agencies across the state to catch stop arm violators by paying officers overtime with funds provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

Stop arm violations

"Officers will be issuing misdemeanor citations for any person they witness pass a school bus when the stop arm is extended and lights are flashing," Russo said. "They will also be issuing misdemeanor citations to people the bus drivers are able to identify as passing their school bus if an officer is not immediately present."

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Drivers are also encouraged to be vigilant and watch for children crossing the roads near schools in addition to stopping for school buses.

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Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.