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Share the Road with School Buses

And Kids! See our kids page to learn about getting on the school bus safely!!!

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.

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This page prepared in cooperation with Operation Safe Stop.

Operation Safe Stop School Bus Safety Message


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
Area Safety & Compliance Supervisor
S.T.A. / Ridge Road Express
8687 Rochester Road
Gasport, NY 14067
Ph: (716) 772-7017
Fax:(716) 772-7019

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Red lights in the rearview mirror

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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.


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An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.


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  • It is illegal - and very dangerous - to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.
  • You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.
  • You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.
  • The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.
  • Worse yet, the memory of hitting or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life!


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$$ -- FINES -- $$

By Conviction Minimum
Possible Imprisonment
First Conviction $250.00 $400.00 Up to 30 days
Second Conviction
(within 3 years)
$600.00 $750.00 Up to 180 days
Third or
Subsequent Convictions (within 3 years)
$750.00 $1,000.00 Up to 180 days


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Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down!

Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus.


The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.


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General School Bus Safety:

National Association for Pupil Transportation external link

New York Association for Pupil Transportation external link