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Sioux City Schools warn of increase in stop arm violations by drivers passing stopped school busses

Sioux City Community School District wants to warn people of the dangers of committing a stop...
Sioux City Community School District wants to warn people of the dangers of committing a stop arm violation.(KTIV)
Published: Dec. 6, 2021 at 9:02 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - When you see a school bus with the stop arm out, and the red lights flashing what do you do? Leaders with the Sioux City Community School District say an increasing number of drivers pass the bus in that situation, which is illegal.

The district’s transportation supervisor says the district has seen “stop arm violations” nearly double in the last year. In fact, the school district has started reporting violations to the Sioux City Police Department every week.

If you’re caught, the fine is $465. Drivers committing these violations cause a safety hazard for the students, and it’s something the district wants to stop.

“Part of the reason why we are having this conversation is to make people aware that violations are a serious matter its a safety concern,” says Chris Wellenstein transportation supervisor for the Sioux City Public School District. “As a district our main concern is making sure that our students are safe getting to school getting to home and at the schools.”

Here’s a helpful hint for drivers following school busses. Look for the lights. Busses typically turn on their flashing lights before they stop to let kids off.

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