(La Porte, IN) - Police in La Porte are still cracking down on school bus stop arm violators.
Chief Paul Brettin says he tries to have two extra patrol officers before and after school during the ongoing beefed-up patrol period. Especially around Pine Lake Avenue, where some of the violations occur.
Brettin said people in both directions on Pine Lake Avenue have to stop for school buses from Pine Lake Avenue despite having four lanes not being a divided highway.
Additional officers will be looking for violators until the end of September in a statewide effort where federal dollars are used to pay overtime for beefing up patrols. However, special attention is still paid to stop arm violations even after patrols return to standard size because of their risk to children.
“It’s just something we try to keep an eye on,” Brettin says.