Operation Safe Stop Celebrated in New York

“We are on a ride along following the bus routes in Homer, NY. It’s a part of Operation Safe Stop. The statewide initiative wants drivers to understand the dangers of passing school buses. @CNYcentral” Twitter/ Melanie Johnson

Operation Safe Stop Day was created to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus is dangerous and illegal.

Held on Wednesday, the event is a combined effort between school personnel, school bus contractors and traffic safety organizations. For the past 25 years, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation has cooperated with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and law enforcement agencies on this day.

More information on the day and access to an Operation Safe Stop Took Kit is available on the NYAPT website.

Today, local law enforcement will use marked and unmarked patrol cars to follow school buses and watch for drivers who violate the state law.

Many districts around New York are choosing to participate in Operation Safe Stop today by educating their community and students to hold press conferences and place information online about the dangers of illegally passing a school bus.

According to the NYAPT Safe Stop website, an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass a New York State school bus every day.

This day calls on all motorists to do their part and keep the children of New York safe.

Meanwhile, yesterday, three bills passed the N.Y. Senate regarding school bus safety and were delivered to the assembly for review.

SB 3558A would increase the penalties for overtaking and passing a school bus. The bill, sponsored by Timothy M. Kennedy, would amend the vehicle and traffic laws and increase the fine amounts for passing a stopped school bus with its red lights illuminated.

SB 2960 would add a school bus safety component to the pre-licensing driver’s education course. The bill, sponsored by Anna M. Kaplan, would insert at least one question in the pre-licensing written exam, and include a school bus safety component in the driver’s education curriculum.

SB 4385 covers the comprehensive school bus driver safety training program. The bill, sponsored by Kevin S. Parker, would create a public education program to educate motorists on the dangers of passing a school bus.