PRINCETON — As North Gibson schools open for the first day of classes, assistant superintendent Eric Goggins is asking for the public’s patience when it comes to traffic.

The start of the school year is always an adjustment, but Goggins said there could be an increase in car traffic this year, as parents adjust to arrival times and bus rules outlined in the North Gibson re-entry plan.

The corporation is encouraging parents who are able to bring students to and from school to help decrease the number on buses.

Morning entry to the buildings will not be allowed until 7:35 a.m. Students who do not eat breakfast are asked to arrive as close to 8 a.m. as feasible for their guardian.

Bus riders and those arriving in a personal vehicle will enter in different locations.

Goggins also asked the community to be mindful of the corporation buses. He said each year there are drivers who have gotten used to not having them on the road, so the start of the year can be hard.

Governor Eric Holcomb announced earlier this week that the state would once again be focused on school bus safety this year with extra patrols as a part of the Stop Arm Violation Enforcement program.

The news release stated in 2019, bus drivers in Indiana reported more than 2,500 stop-arm violations in a single day. Taking that one-day total as an average, an estimated 450,000 violations could have occurred during the 2019 school year.

Drivers are reminded it is against the law for motorists to pass a bus that’s stopped and has its red lights flashing and stop-arm extended. This applies to all roads, other than multi-lane roads divided by a physical barrier or unpaved median.

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