The Rome Police Department will have three officers specifically assigned to the Operation Safe Stop detail in both the morning and afternoon on Thursday, according to department officials.
Operation Safe Stop is the statewide law enforcement initiative to crackdown on motor vehicles passing stopped school buses with their red lights flashing.
Police agencies from across the state will be monitoring school buses during morning and afternoon runs on Thursday.
“Passing a school bus is a serious risk for our children in our community. We take it very seriously, and the community should also take it very seriously,” said department spokesman Detective Jeffrey M. Lanigan.
Anyone ticketed for passing a school bus with the red lights flashing and the stop sign extended could face a $250 to $400 fine and five points on their driver’s license, the Rome law enforcer said.