Illegal Passing: The Problem

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Purpose of This Guide

This guide has three purposes:

1. If you are not yet actively working to reduce stop-arm violations, we hope this guide will motivate you to start.

2. If you have already decided to work to reduce stop-arm violations, this guide will help you to benefit from others’ experiences.

3. If you have an established program, this guide will give you ideas to keep the 
momentum going.

This guide is divided into three parts.

Illegal Passing: The Problem

Reducing the incidence of illegal passing of stopped school buses is easier said than done. The solution to this complex problem requires the involvement and cooperation of many groups (motorists, school bus drivers, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and local judicial officials) to make sure the law is obeyed, violations are reported, and the law is enforced.

Illegal Passing: A Model Solution

A number of states and local areas have taken on the challenge. From the lessons they have learned, the elements of a successful stop-arm compliance program have been gleaned to propose a "model" program to reduce stop-arm violations. This "model" program is described in the second part of this guide.

Illegal Passing: Real-Life Successes

The third part of this guide includes brief descriptions of some of the programs around the country and the interesting and innovative activities they have undertaken.

Best Practices Guide: Reducing the Illegal Passing of School Buses