On Thursday, city of Oswego police officers will be participating in the statewide, “Operation Safe Stop” enforcement day.
The initiative promotes school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.
Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, and the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. It is estimated that 50,000 cars illegally pass New York State school buses daily.
“Bus drivers have reported concerns of increased aggressive driving potentially putting students at risk by disregarding stopped school buses while unloading or loading passengers” said Oswego Police Lieutenant Charles Searor. “We have been strictly enforcing school safety throughout the school year but will be deploying special patrols on April 3.”
Officers will be in marked and unmarked vehicles on certain bus routes that have a history of complaints.
Motorists should be aware that penalties for passing school buses in violation of Section 1174 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law can be significant.
You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.
“Fines for first conviction range from $250-$400, and possible imprisonment for up to 30 days,” said Lt. Searor. “Yellow lights signal the bus is slowing down – so slow down. Red indicates students are exiting or boarding the bus – This means STOP.”