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National School Bus Safety Week is October 19 - 23, 2015. The theme for 2015 is "Be Smart - Be Seen, I wait in a safe place!" More information is available at the National Association for Pupil Transportation.
Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day was Thursday, April 16, 2015.
On April 16, 2015 law enforcement officers around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day. During "Safe Stop," police officers are on board school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.
Police issue tickets to drivers who pass stopped school buses (Section 1174 of the Vehicle & Traffic Law). All violations are reported to a central command post so that final figures are available to state and local officials as well as the media.
Members of the media are invited to ride along and cover Operation Safe Stop in their areas.
If you have questions about Operation Safe Stop, please contact:
Thomas A. Weeks
WHAT IS OPERATION SAFE STOP?
Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, the student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
DID YOU KNOW:
An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.
THE LAW SAYS:
PENALTIES FOR PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS:
Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down!
Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus.
STOP! STOP! STOP!
The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.