CAMDEN — Mohawk Region Transportation Supervisors Association will kick off Operation Safe Stop Day at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2 at Camden Central School Bus Garage, 91 Liberty St.
Calling illegal passing of school buses a serious risk for children, the association is teaming up with local law enforcement on the initiative to remind motorists of the dangers of illegally passing school buses and that they will be ticketed for violations.
On Thursday, school transportation officials, local and state law enforcement agencies from Oneida, Madison and Herkimer counties, will participate and write state Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. Partners in the operation are state police, county sheriff’s offices and dozens of local police agencies.
Operation Safe Stop began in 1995 as a voluntary effort among local concerned transportation safety supervisors and law enforcement officials. The day reminds everyone of the startling fact that motorists pass stopped school buses at least 50,000 times each day in New York. That’s as many times a child is placed in danger of being seriously injured or even killed.
Operation Safe Stop is intended to remind the public that the law requires drivers to stop for school buses that are stopped with their red lights flashing. The flashing red lights means a child is about to board or exit the bus. Motorists from both directions are required to stop, including those in school yards or on divided highways. Violators face stiff fines and penalties.