WGOLV Community Bulletin
OPERATION SAFE STOP – SCHOOL BUS SAFETY
Today the 23rd annual Operation Safe Stop will be conducted in various areas of the Lehigh Valley as well as in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week. National School Bus Safety Week runs from October 21-25th.
What is Operation Safe Stop?
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation web site, Operation Safe Stop is a public awareness and enforcement effort to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is both dangerous and illegal.
Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT have combined their efforts to raise public awareness about the potential consequences and reduce the occurrence of illegal school bus passes.
Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
A failure to stop for a bus with active flashing red lights will result in a $250 fine and a 6 month driver’s license suspension.
According to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation:
🛑 You MUST stop on roadways with ridged/grooved dividers.
🛑 All traffic MUST stop at an intersection, whether or not it’s marked with a stop sign.
🛑 You MUST stop on roadways with painted lines.