Illegal Passing: A Model Solution

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Who will do it?

One reality that must be acknowledged from the very beginning is that everyone who will be involved in your effort is already busy. The logical organizations to take on a stop-arm compliance program might be school transportation and law enforcement. However, in most communities both these professions are experiencing a personnel shortage.

No one person or organization can or should assume the full responsibility of a program to reduce stop-arm violations. However, if a lot of people can do a little, you can produce an impressive and successful result. Don't be shy about seeking partners. Although an organization may not step forward voluntarily, it may be eager to participate if asked.

Be creative when considering possible partners. Who cares about this issue? Who should care about this issue? Who has expertise or materials or access to services that would be useful?d

Your first step should be looking for community organizations that already address injury prevention, health and safety, or children's issues. For example, does your community have a Safe Communities Coalition or a SAFE KIDS Coalition? (See the resources listed at the end of this guide for ways to locate these coalitions.) Such coalitions may have already collected critical data and have established contacts with other community groups and local businesses. An affiliation with these coalitions can bring your program credibility and ongoing support.

Here is a list of partners that some programs have included. Some of your partners will be involved early in choosing a structure and possible activities. Other partners will join as the activities are developed. 

At the state level:

1. Governor's Office

2. State Highway Safety Office (manages state's highway safety program; serves as liaison between governor and highway safety community)

3. Department of Transportation

4. Department of Motor Vehicles

5. Department of Public Health

6. Pupil transportation association(s)

7. School bus contractors association(s)

8. State police

Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses