OSWEGO, NY – 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.
This month, Oswego Police will again be participating in Operation Safe Stop which is scheduled for Thursday.
In addition, as part of the Oswego Police Department’s 2013 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.
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.