FULTON, NY – On April 30, through May 4, the Fulton Police Department, along with law enforcement officers around the state, will participate in the “No Empty Chair” campaign.
During the campaign, officers will conduct details focusing on different traffic safety threats each day.
The safety threats consist of speeding in school zone enforcement, seatbelt and child restraints enforcement, cell phone and texting enforcement, underage drinking and impaired driving enforcement and operation safe stop enforcement.
Operation Safe Stop enforcement will take place on May 3.
During “Safe Stop,” police officers are in marked patrol units enforcing the New York State Traffic Law which requires all vehicles to stop for stopped school buses with their red lights flashing.
Communication between the Fulton Police Department and the transportation department of the Fulton City School District has identified the times and locations where vehicles passing school buses have been found to be the most frequent.
These times and areas will be the focus of enforcement efforts.
Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety not only through enforcement efforts but also through educational efforts.
It needs to be reinforced to motorists that it is dangerous and illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing.
Flashing red 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, this applies even on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.
The first time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, five points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.
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.
For more information about school bus safety and all other kinds of highway safety people are encourage to visit www.safeny.ny.gov.