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Operation Safe Stop Cracks Down on Bus Passers

Local law enforcement officers are on the hunt for people that don't stop for school buses.
Local law enforcement officers are on the hunt for people that don't stop for school buses. According to a local study, drivers pass stopped school buses 50 times a day on average in our region.

So, the Governor's Traffic Safety committee created Operation Safe Stop.

Tomorrow, local law enforcement, including state police and the Broome County Sheriff's Department, will be following school buses in marked and unmarked cars issuing tickets to drivers who pass buses that have their red lights flashing.

Deputy Robert Stapleton says drivers he's stopped have a common excuse.

"They aren't paying attention they don't see the bus first of all and the kids that maybe be crossing or distracted running across the road," said Stapleton.

Stapleton says all vehicles must stop for stopped school buses in the opposite lane, even on divided highways such as the Vestal Parkway.

Lisa Wilson, Supervisor of Transportation for the Union-Endicott School District says there's no excuse for not noticing a bright yellow school bus.

"The one thing we can't control are the actions of the other motorists, people make a choice to pass a school bus. Most commonly I find that people are distracted," said Wilson.

Passing a stopped school bus carries a fine up to $400 and five points on your driver's license.

For more information on Operation Safe Stop visit safeny.gov/opsafstp.
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