Fort Wayne Police Department is getting serious about catching school bus stop arm violators with a newly launched sting operation.
FWPD received $49,000 from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to address stop arm violations. They started putting the funding to use the first week of the 2018-2019 school year and will continue until the money runs up out on September 9.
Twice a day, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., upwards of eight officers will post up at locations where there are high reports of stop arm violations. They’ll ticket any violators they see.
“We aren’t giving any warnings,” said FWPD spokesperson Sofia Rosales-Scatena. “Let me just make that very clear. Everything that goes out on a stop arm violation will be a ticket. I think we all want that to keep our kids safe. It shouldn’t come down to officers having to write you a ticket for you to be a better driver and safer driver around children. “
Some of the hot spots are the Illinois Rd. corridor, Jefferson Blvd. by the Blackburn and Green law firm, and St. Joe Rd. by Canterbury Green.
Since the sting operation started, FWPD has ticketed more than 100 violators.
They’re also ticketing school zone speed limit violations. They’ve ticketed more than 200 of these violators.