Beginning Thursday, law enforcement agencies across the region will begin participating in Operation Safe Stop – cracking down on motorists who illegally pass school buses as students are getting on or off the vehicles.
Transportation officials, law enforcement agencies and the governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are teaming up Thursday to conduct “Operation Safe Stop” across New York.
Officials say that motorists pass stopped school buses at least 50,000 times each day in the state, putting children at risk.
Operation Safe Stop is aimed at reminding motorists that state law requires them to stop for a school bus that is stopped and has its red flashing lights flashing.
Police will be looking to enforce New York State vehicle and traffic law violations including passing stopped school buses, but may also include other violations which may help reduce aggressive driving behavior.
Police say the fine for passing a stopped school bus can range from $250 to $400 as well as five points on your license.
Three school districts – Bethlehm, Brewster and Canandaigua – are getting special license plate reading equipment that will be placed on buses to help apprehend drivers who pass school buses illegally.
(Source: Newsday / News10)