Lawmakers in Ind. may allow ads on school buses

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lawmakers could allow advertising on school buses in Beech Grove, Franklin Township and Zionsville under a bill approved by the Indiana Senate.

The cash-strapped school districts say the ads offer a way to raise revenue without increasing taxes, but a critic says the new money would come at the expense of student safety.

“The guy reading that sign is not ­going to be paying attention to what that bus is doing,” said Jim Howard, vice president of the Indiana State School Bus Drivers Association, which represents about 400 drivers. “Is it worth the risk?”

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