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Lemont police: Drivers need to stop for buses

Students walk off their school bus Aug. 22 during the first day of classes at Arnold J. Tyler School in New Lenox.
Students walk off their school bus Aug. 22 during the first day of classes at Arnold J. Tyler School in New Lenox.

The Lemont Police Department and Lemont-Bromberek School District 113A are researching the implementation of an Automated School Bus Stop Arm Enforcement Program.

Illinois passed a law authorizing the use of exterior bus cameras to capture drivers illegally passing school buses, and the school district installed cameras on its buses to record motorists who violate the law.

Gorski Bus Company, which provides service to Lemont High School District 210 students, has relayed to Lemont police many instances in recent years when motorists have disobeyed the stop arms, according to a news release. Police and the school district said they want to prevent tragedies like the one in Indiana earlier this year, in which three children were killed at their bus stop.

The Illinois vehicle code prohibits traffic from passing a school bus while its lights are flashing and the stop arm is out, unless the road is four full driving lanes divided by a solid line or barrier. Police urge residents to review the law to ensure safety.

Lemont police will continue heavy patrol in areas where children are loading and unloading.

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