News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 26, 2013

EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news

School buses demand attention


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Most schools have been back in session for a little more than a month, but it seems some motorists need to have constant reminders about laws concerning school buses, flashing lights and stop arms.

We’re glad to oblige.

Indiana State Police say when approaching a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights activated and its stop arm extended, all motorists are required to stop, even on multiple-lane highways, no matter which direction they’re traveling.

The exception is for motorists traveling in the opposite direction on a highway divided by a barrier or unimproved median. If there’s no unimproved median or barrier, then motorists in all lanes in all directions must stop.

Disregarding a school bus stop arm is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000. And it should be noted that bus drivers are quick to report violators.

Unfortunate ‘taking’ from garden

How frustrating, even maddening, it is to read that vandals and thieves struck the Giving Garden in the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. The Giving Garden is a community garden that has provided more than 21,000 pounds of fresh produce to needy people so far this year.

Officials say about 100 pounds of cabbage was pulled recently from the garden and stolen. Broccoli plants were also destroyed, as were water melons and several decorative gourds.

If you have any information about the thefts and vandalism, do a good deed and contact the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department.

Correction

We lost our minds — temporarily, we hope — in Wednesday’s editorial about the proposed aquatic center and stated that Voorhees Park, the favored site for the pool facility, is located on the southeast side of the city. It is, of course, on the southwest side. Adding injury to insult, we also incorrectly located the park’s western street border. It’s on Indiana 63. We do know where the park is. Just don’t ask us for directions.

Reader poll results

Recently, the Reader Poll at Tribstar.com asked:

Should motorized scooters be subject to the same licensing and insurance laws as motor vehicles in Indiana?

Results: 384 votes were cast.

• Yes — 292 votes, 76.04 percent

• No — 80 votes, 20.83 percent

• Not sure — 12 votes, 3.13 percent