OSWEGO, NY- The Oswego City Police Department will be participating in â€œOperation Safe Stopâ€ on Thursday.
Officers in the city of Oswego will be joining law enforcement officers across the state in an effort to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.
The Oswego Police Departmentâ€™s efforts will be geared toward enforcing NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law violations including passing stopped school buses, but may also include other violations which may help to reduce aggressive driving behavior.
According to Police Chief Michael J. Dehm Jr., â€œOperation Safe Stop is an important safety initiative in which we are proud to participate. Our officers are routinely on the lookout for motorists who violate any rules of the road. But, during â€œOperation Safe Stopâ€ we will be specifically targeting those who fail to comply with the laws regarding stopped school buses.”
“Additionally, we will be conducting enhanced enforcement efforts, not just during the Operation Safe Stop, but occasionally throughout the year, that will seek-out and ticket observed violators,â€ he added.
Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governorâ€™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 and local law enforcement agencies.
Points to Remember:
It is illegal – and very dangerous – to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights, located on top of the bus, are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.
Most buses are also equipped with a retractable stop sign to serve as an additional warning device.
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, even on divided and multi-lane highways and on school grounds.
The first-time penalty for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.