On Thursday, April 27, state and local officials, Suffolk County Police and the Sheriff’s Department joined Longwood School District officials to launch Operation Safe Stop, an annual statewide initiative to stop drivers from passing stopped school buses.
“In the month of March alone, there have been more than 54,000 passes,” said Longwood School District Transportation Coordinator Gale Winsper. “The illegal passing of stopped school buses presents a significant risk to the 2.3 million children who ride buses to school each day. When parents send their child to school, they should not fear for their safety due to another motorist’s carelessness. We urge drivers to stop when the bus has its red lights flashing; meaning students are boarding or disembarking school buses.”
Operation Safe Stop is a statewide campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of passing a stopped school bus with lights flashing. The program seeks to promote school bus safety through education and strict enforcement efforts.
The statewide initiative 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, the student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
To promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts, the Suffolk County Legislature recently passed a unanimous resolution designating April 27, 2017, as “Operation Safe Stop Day” in Suffolk County.
Pictured: Kindergarten students at Coram Elementary School help launch Operation Safe Stop at Longwood High School.