Illegal Passing: Real–Life Successes

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New York Operation Safe Stop

When the lights flash red, KIDS AHEAD

Description/Activities

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