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State Announces Annual Operation Safe Stop – Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Motorists Illegally Passing Stopped School Buses


The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) has announced they will be partnering with local law enforcement agencies throughout the state in Operation Safe Stop. The committee says the operation is both an enforcement and education campaign at deterring motorists from illegally passing stopped school buses.

“For more than twenty years, GTSC and NYAPT have partnered on Operation Safe Stop to ensure the safety of all of New York’s school children,” said GTSC Chair and DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder. “Whether it is properly stopping and waiting for students to get on or off, slowing down in school zones or stopping in crosswalks, drivers must obey these laws. We are proud to continue to support this campaign to keep children safe and help educate drivers.”

All motorists must stop when they approach a school bus with flashing red lights, this includes roadways with divides and multilane highways. Since 2019, school districts have been authorized to use stop-arm cameras to catch vehicles illegally passing stopped buses. Fines can range from $250 for a first time violation and up to $300 for each violation in an 18-month period.

The GTSC also says tips for motorists include watching out for children in areas where school buses are traveling or where there are posted caution signs, when school is opening in the morning and closing in the afternoon, slowing down and to watch for children walking, and overall staying alert (children may be moving quickly when running late to catch the bus).

Three convictions for illegally passing a school bus within three years, your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of six months.

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