With some Vanderburgh County students having already returned to school and the rest beginning tomorrow, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Department says it plans to increase patrols around area schools and on bus routes to ensure everyone gets off to a safe start this school year.

According to a press release, the Sherriff’s office will significantly increase patrols and personnel near all of the schools in Vanderburgh County for the next several days.

Officers say they will be watching for any and all types of unsafe driving and other safety issues, especially school bus stop arm violations, according to the release.

Several schools will utilize Sheriff’s Deputies to assist school personnel with traffic direction in and out of the parking lots and drop off zones.

The Sheriff’s office strongly encourages parents who will be dropping off and picking up children to allow themselves plenty of time and be very observant to changing road conditions.

Tips for back to school safety:

  • If the bus is available, please utilize it.
  • While we know for many, this year may bring the first day of school for your child, please take pictures before you get to the school. Please do not park in the drop-off zones of any schools to take your child to class.
  • Utilize the proper restrain systems in your vehicle.
  • Keep your speed to a minimum and pay extra attention in, around school zones, and near school bus loading zones.
  • Know when a school bus stops and its red stop sign or flashing lights appear children are boarding or exiting the bus. Be on the look out for children crossing the street even after the bus has moved on.
  • Please, no cell phone use in school zones while operating a vehicle and no texting at any time while operating a vehicle.
  • Encourage children getting on and off school buses to be very mindful of surrounding traffic, because the traffic may not be watching for them.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. Do not let frustration of running late compromise the good driving decisions you make.
  • Please call 911 to report dangerous driving situations.