PRINCETON -- With all Gibson County school in sessions, drivers can expect to see more school buses on the road.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Todd Ringle said knowing when drivers should stop for a school bus arm is always a hot topic.

Ringle said if there is a barrier or grassy area between roads like US 41, drivers heading the same way as the school bus are required to stop when a stop arm is extended. He said drivers who aren't heading in the same direction as the school bus don't have to stop.

Ringle said when drivers are on a street like Broadway, which has no barriers, every car must stop when a stop arm is extended.

"We have stop arm violations in the state of Indiana every day," he said.

Ringle said a lot of stop arm violations are caused because drivers are distracted by their phone. "We see it a lot."

Francisco Police Department will go on school bus ride-alongs to ensure that cars are stopping for school bus stop arms.

Ringle also encourages drivers to put their phones down, especially before and after school.

Ringle said when a school bus is about to stop there are usually amber or yellow lights to alert drivers. "That's a sign to slow down."

Ringle said another issue is that kids gather and stand at the edge of the curb.

"We want children well away from the roadway," he said adding that 10 feet from the bus stop is enough space.

Ringle said parents also need to tell their children to look both ways before crossing the street.

"Even though the law requires drivers to stop, we want kids to look both ways to get on and off the bus," Ringle said.

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