The Seymour Police Department has received two new traffic safety grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute. These new grants are meant to help cover the expenses of traffic safety efforts as Seymour children head back to school.
One grant was prepared to help stop distracted drivers, especially near school buses and student drop-off locations. The grant will cover SPD overtime enforcement expenses. The department says it will be putting officers on school buses to help spot distracted and dangerous driving.
The second grant targets school bus stop-arm violators. When a school bus has its stop-arm extended, drivers behind the bus and traffic flowing the opposite direction must stop and wait until the stop-arm is retracted. The Seymour Police Department is one of 39 law enforcement agencies across the state sharing in the $380,000 worth of grants. This money will be spent to cover officer overtime to look for violators for the next two months.
Seymour Community Schools resume classes on Thursday, Aug. 8.