The Pennsylvania State Police, in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week, will participate in what is called “Operation Safe Stop” on Wednesday.
Across Pennsylvania, stopped school buses with red lights flashing and stop arms extended, are illegally being passed on both the left and right sides as they are loading and unloading students.
Each illegal pass of a stopped school bus is potentially a life-threatening situation for the approximately 1.5 million students transported to and from school daily in Pennsylvania.
Operation Safe Stop is a proactive approach to educating the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus when children are loading or unloading is both illegal and dangerous.
Troopers will target selected school bus routes that have demonstrated a high incidence of illegal passes for violations of the stopped school bus statute.
Enforcement efforts may include troopers riding on school buses where they can collect information of violators and also work with the children providing safety information during the ride. Troopers will also be following school buses in marked patrol vehicles that will allow for high visibility to the public and potential violators.
Anyone who violates Section 3345 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code — Meeting or Overtaking School Bus — commits a summary offense and upon conviction shall be sentenced to pay a fine of $250. In addition to the fine, the Department of Transportation will assess five points to the driving record of a violator and their license will be suspended for 60 days.