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Oswego Police Department Is Committed To Traffic Safety

From left are Officer Porter of the Oswego City Police Department; John Pierce, transportation supervisor for the Oswego City School District; and Lt. Charles Searor of the Oswego City Police Department.

From left are Officer Porter of the Oswego City Police Department; John Pierce, transportation supervisor for the Oswego City School District; and Lt. Charles Searor of the Oswego City Police Department.

OSWEGO – Each year, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies across the state, the Oswego City Police Department participates in Operation Safe Stop which is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governors Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, The New York State Association for Pupil Transportation, and the New York State School Bus Contractor’s Association.

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From left are Officer Porter of the Oswego City Police Department; John Pierce, transportation supervisor for the Oswego City School District; and Lt. Charles Searor of the Oswego City Police Department.

This month, The Oswego City Police Department will again be participating in Operation Safe Stop which is scheduled for Thursday (April 16).

In addition, as part of the Oswego Police Department’s 2015 Traffic Safety Initiative, the department will be conducting enhanced enforcement efforts throughout the month of April and continuing periodically throughout the year, geared specifically toward vehicles that are passing stopped school buses in the city of Oswego.

Please 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 multilane 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.