Law Enforcement work toward safe stops for students

By Brandi Bailey

April 18, 2013 Updated Apr 19, 2013 at 7:59 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Operation Safe Stop is a statewide initiative that started in 1993 as a way to stop people from passing a stopped bus.

It was started by a small group of bus drivers and several members of law enforcement to lessen the dangers for kids getting on and off the bus.

Nearly a decade later, April 18 is dedicated to Operation Safe Stop in the State of New York.

"We always want to try and make sure following the law and driving as safe as possible, but the things we were working on today with Operation Safe Stop ensures especially that the kids are safe," Deputy Matt Barcak with the Broome County Sheriff's Office said.

More than 2 millions kids in New York get on and off buses each day. When drivers pass buses, or speed in school zones, their ride to or from school has the potential to turn dangerous.

"We get a lot of people reporting that this is happening, speeding in schools zones and stuff like that, so we want to aggressively enforce those," Barcak said.

In order for a vehicle to be ticketed for passing a bus, the bus must have it's blinking red lights on. Those lights signal a student is getting on or off the bus.

Over the past several years, more than 1,300 tickets were written by local and state police, making patrols necessary to student safety.

"There are patrols out this morning and there will be more out this afternoon," Barcak said.

Broome County is working to enforce the law and reduce the risk of injury or even death.

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