Every day, at least 50,000 vehicles illegally and dangerously pass a New York State school when it's stopped to pick up or drop off students. Would they do the same if it was their kids?
Today is “Operation Safe Stop.” Across New York State, there's a crack down on the illegal passing of school buses which may save the life of a child. You' may notice more police presence in various school districts throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State.
Police officers will be on buses, they’ll be driving along routes in marked and unmarked cars where motorists speeding past buses is a problem
The hope is for the public to slow down when buses are nearby, and stop when you see the stop signs blinking on the side of a school bus.
The penalty if you're caught passing a stopped school bus is a ticket for passing a school bus, plus you will get a fine that could be between $250 an $400 fine, 5-points on your license, and possibly 30 days in jail.
Last year’s crackdown included 95 police agencies, producing 859 tickets for passing stopped school buses and 1,547 tickets for other moving violations.