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School days returning; INDOT reminds drivers to mind rules of the road

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – State transportation officials are reminding drivers of the rules of the road as most area students get ready to return to class.

INDOT Northeast on Thursday shared an illustration of bus stop protocols via its social media accounts.

State law requires vehicles to stop for a loading or unloading school bus – regardless of the direction of travel – unless the roadway is a divided highway.

If there is a separation of the lanes with a barrier or unpaved space, then vehicles behind the bus must stop, but those traveling in the opposite direction may proceed “with caution.”

Last year, three children from the same family died when a pickup truck slammed into them while they were boarding a school bus in Fulton County. The incident put a spotlight on safety concerns involving bus stops and children.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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