Law enforcement cracks down on school bus safety

By Brandi Bailey
By Anna Norris

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 9:54 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Operation Safe Stop is an annual event where local law enforcement cracks down on laws against passing school buses and the failure to stop for buses.

Law enforcement will be following buses on their routes Thursday in marked and unmarked cars to enforce the law.

"Bus drivers receive continuous training on safety. Children are reminded everyday about being safe, but the one thing we can't control are the actions of the other motorists," said Lisa Wilson, Union-Endicott Supervisor of Transportation.

A press conference was held Wednesday to discuss details of this year’s Operation Safe Stop Day. Local law enforcement joined school district transportation supervisors in front of Union-Endicott High School.

"They're not paying attention. They don't see the bus, first of all, and then they don't see the kids that may be crossing or distracted, running through the road,” said Deputy Robert Stapleton of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

According to New York State Law, even on a divided highway, vehicles are required to stop on the other side of the road when a school bus has its lights on and the stop sign is out.

Motorists who illegally pass a stopped school bus could face a fine of $400 and five points on their license if caught.

Operation Safe Stop is held each year by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the New York Association of Pupil Transportation. You can find more information on Operation Safe Stop here.

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