Orange County Sheriff’s Office Conducting “Operation Safe Stop”
Goshen, NY – April 2, 2018 – On Thursday, April 26, 2018 Orange County Sheriff’s Office will participate in the Operation Safe Stop Campaign. Deputies will follow school buses on their routes and/or be in the area where most violations occur. Any motorist observed passing a stopped school bus will be stopped and ticketed. Deputies will also enforce speed restrictions and other traffic laws within school zones.
Operation Safe Stop is an initiative to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), the New York State Education Department, New York Association for Pupil Transportation, New York State School Bus Contractors Association, student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
Law enforcement officers around the state will participate in the Operation Safe Stop Campaign. During “Operation Safe Stop,” police officers will be on board school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.
New York State law requires motorists to stop for school buses that are receiving or discharging passengers.
The driver of the vehicle must stop when they encounter a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students in any of these instances:
on a public highway
on multiple lane roads
on opposite sides of divided highways
on a public street
on a private road
in a parking lot
on school property
The driver of the vehicle must stop from either direction.
The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license and/or possibly 30 days in jail.
Sheriff Carl E. DuBois believes that this enforcement effort will result in increased public awareness and help to curb aggressive driving. The desired end result is safer roads and safe transportation of our children to and from school and school events