The Fulton Police Department, along with law enforcement officers around the state, will participate April 3 in an Operation Safe Stop day.
During “Safe Stop,” police officers are in marked patrol units enforcing the New York State Traffic Law, which requires all vehicles to stop for stopped school buses with their red lights flashing.
Communication between the Fulton Police Department and the transportation department of the Fulton City School District has identified the times and locations where vehicles passing school buses have been found to be the most frequent. These times and areas will be the focus of enforcement efforts.
Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety not only through enforcement efforts but also through educational efforts.
It needs to be reinforced to motorists that it is dangerous and illegal to pass a stopped school bus when its red lights are flashing.
Flashing red lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.
You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.
You must always stop for flashing red lights, this applies even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.
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.
Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association.