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Violations of school bus stop law in Carroll decrease slightly

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While drivers continue to ignore the stop arms on school buses at an alarming rate in the state, those in Carroll County are getting slightly better, according to a Maryland State Department of Education-sponsored survey.

Of the total of 3,505 violations of school bus stop arms recorded on April 24 in the 24 Maryland school districts, 112 were in Carroll County, according to the survey.

That was the eighth highest total among the 24 jurisdictions.

Carroll is the ninth largest school system in the state, according to the school system's website.

That total continued a gradual decline for the number of violations reported by school bus drivers for the county. There were 160 violations in 2011, 115 in 2012 and 113 in 2013 in Carroll, according to the survey.

The total rate for Maryland was up from 3,392 violations in 2013, according to the survey, but much lower than the 7,011 in the initial survey in 2011.

Large systems with more buses and bus routes noted the most violators, according to a release from the state department of education. 

Montgomery County school bus drivers tallied the most violations, 893 drivers ignoring the stop arm, according to the release.

Prince George's County had the second-highest total with 669, followed by Baltimore City (428), Baltimore County (419) and Anne Arundel County (375).

School bus drivers in five small counties — Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Somerset, and Talbot — did not find a violation.

Stop arms swing out from a bus and lights flash whenever it is making an on-roadway student pick-up. 

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