Clarksville drivers ignore bus stop sign, parents concerned - WKRN News 2

Clarksville drivers ignore bus stop sign, parents concerned

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Drivers are ignoring the stop arm on school buses in Clarksville and residents are calling it a blatant disregard for children's safety.

In just a few moments of recording, News 2 witnessed drivers ignoring a sign to stop as elementary students walked off the bus on Peachers Mill Road Friday afternoon.

Clarksville father Scott Arnold has two children who ride the bus and he's concerned.

"The cars aren't stopping for the school bus. School bus will stop, arm will come out and people will continue to roll right through them we've contacted the school, we've contacted the police chief and it's still a problem," said Arnold.

In response to concerned parents like Arnold, law enforcement has upped it's presence in the area.

Police told News 2 they have issued at least 15 citations for improperly passing a school bus since the beginning of the school year.  Six of those citations are specifically at the location on Peacher's Mill Road.

The violation is considered a Class A misdemeanor and requires a $465 fine.

"The motor public has no regard for the stop arm on a school bus. How do we change that? It's a struggle for law enforcement and a struggle for law enforcement and a struggle for transportation directors," operations foreman Ricky Lumpkin.

Lumpkin said moving the bus stop is not an option because the next stop is near a gas station.

The Arnold family says the issue is bigger than where the stop is located.

The transportation department has reported similar problems at stops throughout the community.

Officials said a stop arm on a school bus is no different than a stop sign at an intersection.

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