Illegal Passing: Real–Life Successes

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Clearwater (Florida) Police Department


Description/Activities

The Clearwater (Florida) Police Department program was one of NHTSA’s four demonstration projects. Its goal was to combine enforcement and education efforts on the local level to reduce stop-arm violations. The partners in this program were:

   • Clearwater Police Department

   • School Board’s transportation department

   • Community Traffic Safety Team 

   • County chapter of National Safety Council 

   • Drive Smart Tampa Bay Traffic Safety Alliance

   • Neighborhood Watch

   • Florida Department of Safety

   • Local media.

Enforcement Activities

   • Patrol officers worked overtime with traffic officers during school transportation hours to conduct speed enforcement and stop-arm compliance operations near bus stops and school zones.

   • The police department promoted its traffic complaint tipline to report illegal passing of stopped school buses. 

Education/Awareness Activities

For school bus drivers

   • Supervisors were briefed on encouraging drivers to take the time to make reports.

   • Drivers were briefed on what to report.

   • Those drivers with the most reports were recognized with a special coffee mug with the school bus program logo on it, pens, key chains, and a certificate.

Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses