FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A Fort Wayne family is so fed up with drivers blowing past the school bus stop arm that they’re taking matters into their own hands.
It’s a problem across the state.
On one day in April, the Department of Education tracked more than 3,000 drivers who didn’t stop for school buses.
18 of them were in Southwest Allen County Schools.
The local parents say enough’s enough.
“It’s not just cutting into your time, this is the safety of our children getting on and off the bus. And though they’re not crossing the street, you still legally have to stop,” says mother of five Shannon Glenn-Summers.
Shannon Glenn-Summers and her husband David are so fed up with people who blow past the stop arm when the school bus picks up and drops off their kids, including one with special needs, that they’ve taken matters into their own hands.
“We’ve hollered at ’em, yelled, and they realize but they just hit that gas a little harder. So I’ve taken to the past several weeks just going out there and taking pictures of their license plates,” she says.
She forwards that information to the Southwest Allen County Schools transportation office, where the bus drivers fill out paperwork.
It’s all sent to the police, who decide whether to issue a citation.
If you’re caught, it’s a mandatory court appearance and a ticket that can cost you hundreds of dollars.
But Shannon couldn’t catch every scofflaw on video, and they say drivers actually stop when police sit nearby, so they took it a step further.
My wife bought a stop sign and a vest, and I stand out there and look pretty for them. And they stop and some people get upset, but we’re just looking for the safety of our kids,” David Summers says.
They live near Pointe Inverness and Illinois Road which see thousands of cars a day.
“I think there’s a big sense of entitlement, definitely. I think everybody’s in a hurry, I get that, you have places to be. But I want the best for my kids. I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. So I go out and I stop them,” he says.
Police say what the Summers are doing is not illegal, but they are concerned about their safety.
“It’s a stop sign. It means stop,” David says.
If there is no barrier or grassy median on a four-lane road, all traffic must stop for a school bus.
The transportation director for Southwest Allen County Schools tells us the district is considering installation of special cameras on some buses to specifically target drivers who violate the stop arm law.