Officers keeping close eye on school zones, school buses

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – School safety is just as important on the outside as it is on the inside.

With students back in class, motorists need to be extra cautious of school zones and school buses.

Whether it’s in town or in the county, law enforcement has stepped up their game.

“Basically we look for people that are not paying attention number one, and are going too fast in the zones that are marked when students are present, 20 mph,” Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse said.

And with schools in the county, officers are instructed to pay close attention to not only the school zones, but also the school buses while out on their routes to pick up students.

“We always want to make sure the deputy sheriffs are following the school buses in the morning and also in the afternoon keeping those students safe,” Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom said.

Plasse says that there haven’t been any cases of kids getting stuck by cars recently in Terre Haute. They want to make sure people become aware of the need for safety before something like that does occur.

“You’re distracted by using your phone, changing the radio station or whatever, that’s not a good thing to do in the school zone because there’s more of a chance of a kid or a student being there, crossing the street, or getting on a bus,” Plasse said.

Officers also want people to recognize that kids might not know or understand the rules of the road, and that it’s motorists job to pay attention.

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