Wednesday is the start day for Project S.A.F.E for Kids

LAGRANGE COUNTY, Ind. -- Project S.A.F.E for Kids is a special task force established by the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s office in partnership with state and local law enforcement goes into effect on Wednesday.

S.A.F.E is an anacronym for Stop Arm Focused Enforcement.

This project continues efforts LaGrange County Schools have made to ensure the safety of their children.

Law enforcement will begin focus on Westview School Corporation’s afternoon buses on their routes that have had previous violations.

Additional officers will be riding on different buses to watch for violations and will radio to supporting officers to initiate a traffic stop.

The range of penalties will depend on the severity of the violation.

Punishments begin at a Class A Infraction and caries a fine up to $100,000 maximum and in some cases will have to carry a license suspension for up to one year.

For a more serious violation or passing a school bus with an extended arm constitutes a Class A misdemeanor, possible jail time up to one year, license suspension and a potential fine up to $5,000.

Project S.A.F.E will continue at a later date at Lakeland School Corporation and Prairie Heights School Corporation.

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