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Editorial: Grant to help Fort Wayne with school bus safety

News-Sentinel.com praised the Indiana Legislature earlier this year for passing Senate Bill 2, which raises penalties for violators who ignore school bus stop arms and gives schools the option to conduct referendums for funding to pay for stop-arm cameras.

But the fact is, it takes extra work for Indiana law enforcement to pursue those who break the law and help impose the new penalties for motorists who put children in danger by driving past stopped school buses.

That’s why we now praise the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute for providing a combined $380,000 to 39 police agencies throughout the state, especially when children are just now heading back to school after their summer break.

We’re happy to say that the Fort Wayne Police Department will receive the largest grant, $49,975, which will help cover overtime enforcement over the next two months.

Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office announced the funding on Monday, saying Indiana police officers “will be enforcing increased fines and penalties for drivers who recklessly pass bus stops and drive aggressively.”

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