Orange County Participates in Operation Safe StopApr 18th, 2013 | By HV Insider | Category: Featured Articles
County Executive Edward A. Diana and the Orange County Traffic Safety Board reminded motorists in Orange County that police agencies around the County will be participating in “Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day” today, April 18, 2013, where police patrols will be monitoring school bus routes and stops.
“Motorists share the road with our school children,” said County Executive Diana. “We bear a responsibility to ensure their safe route to school and back home. Please heed the flashing lights on school buses and be prepared to stop.”
Police will issue tickets to drivers who pass stopped school buses (Section 1174 of the Vehicle & Traffic Law). All violations are reported to a central reporting command post in Albany, where final figures will be available to state and local officials.
“Law enforcement officers will board school buses and patrol in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints,” said Orange County Traffic Safety Board Chairman Walter C. Koury.
The Orange County Traffic Safety Board offers the following safety tips:
Remember buses make frequent stops. Be prepared to stop for them.
Never pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing on the right or left.
Watch for children who cross in front of the bus when the bus is stopped.
Look for children at bus stops and those running to bus stops.
THE LAW SAYS:
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.
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 fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail. $1000 and $180 days in jail for repeat offenders.
“Operation Safe Stop” is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’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, city and local law enforcement agencies.
For more information, please visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/opsafstp.htm