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August 2016

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Back to school!

With the start of the new school year, there are steps we can take to keep Hoosier students safe.

State law requires motorists to stop when a school bus is picking up or dropping off children. Watch for school buses with their stop arms extended and red lights flashing, which means drivers from all directions must stop. This law applies to all roadways, unless it’s divided by a physical barrier.

Also, look out for increased pedestrian traffic and posted speed limits in school zones. If you have a child who rides the bus, click here for tips to help keep them safe.

College students need to be aware of Indiana’s Lifeline Law, which works to save lives. The law provides immunity from underage drinking, public intoxication, minor in possession and other similar crimes for minors seeking help for themselves or for others. The main goal of this law is to encourage all Hoosiers to call the police if they or someone they are with is in serious danger, regardless of the circumstances. Although minors should not consume alcohol until the legal age of 21, no one’s life should be risked for fear of being penalized for underage drinking.

This immunity also applies to those who use the new text to 911 option. Calling 911 is always preferred, but the new capability allows dispatchers to more easily follow up on 911 hang-ups. Text to 911 services reached all counties in Indiana last month.

Best wishes to our students, parents and educators for another safe and fun school year!

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