Illegal Passing: Real–Life Successes

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New York Operation Safe Stop

When the lights flash red, KIDS AHEAD


New York State is widely regarded as the trail blazer in large scale efforts to reduce the incidence of stop-arm violations. Their first pilot project, sponsored by the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT), took place in 1993 and was patterned after the Operation Lifesaver program called "Officer-on-the-Train." Based on the formulas used in the Florida and Illinois surveys, NYAPT estimates that 35,000 - 50,000 motorists illegally pass stopped school buses each day in New York.

The goal of Operation Safe Stop is two-fold: to educate motorists statewide about the law and to enforce the law. The list of partners is extensive:

Statewide Partner

   • State Highway Safety Office

   • New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT)

   • School bus contractors association

   • New York State Traffic Safety Boards Association (each county has one)

   • Department of Criminal Justice Services

   • New York State Police

   • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

   • State Department of Education

   • Conference of Parents and Teachers

   • Statewide media

   • Utica National Insurance Group and other insurance companies

   • Vendors (manufacturers, bus distributors, parts distributors)

Local Partners

   • Transportation supervisors

   • School bus contractors

   • Town Justices

   • Local and county police

   • Local media

Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses