Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day set for April 3

On April 3, the Sandy Creek Transportation Department along with law enforcement personnel from across the state will participate in Operation Safe Start. At 2:30 p.m. Department of Transportation Supervisor Robin Cashel will share information, statistics and penalties associated with traffic violations and accidents involving passing a stopped school bus.

The public is invited to attend and learn more about bus safety and the efforts of Operation Safe Stop Day.

Operation Safe Start seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.

On April 3, law enforcement officers will patrol in marked and unmarked vehicles, and officers will be onboard buses in select areas that have a history of illegal passing complaints, watching for violators. Police will ticket those drivers who pass stopped school buses and violations will be reported to a central command post where final figures will be available to state and local officials as well as to the media.

Operation Safe Start is cooperatively supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, New York Association for Pupil Transportation, and many other state, county, and local law enforcement agencies and organizations.

It is through these cooperative efforts of the many traffic safety partners and their continued commitment to protecting school children and educating the motoring public of the dangers association with passing stopped school buses, that helps make Operation Safe Start a success.

It is estimated that every day in New York State alone, 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass stopped school buses.

It is not only illegal, but extremely unsafe, to pass a school bus with their red lights flashing, whether approaching from the front or from the rear of the bus.

Flashing lights signal that a bus is stopped for either loading or discharging students.

Remember: never pass a school bus with red lights flashing. Not on the roadway, not in a parking lot, and not on a multi-lane highway.

For more information about school bus safety and keeping kids safe on their trip, visit www.safeny.gov