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Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. 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, the student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.
The law says
It is illegal - and very dangerous - to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing 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, 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.
Penalties for passing a stopped school bus
$$ -- FINES -- $$
Up to 30 days
Second Conviction (within 3 years)
Up to 180 days
Third or Subsequent Convictions (within 3 years)
Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down!
Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. STOP! STOP! STOP!
The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.