ONEIDA COUTY, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Operation Safe Stop was celebrated statewide today, and it’s goal is to spread awareness about the the danger of passing stopped school buses.
“It’s a safety issue that’s being addressed all the time it’s just there’s an awareness day for it.” – Sergeant Carey Phair, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
It’s a collaborative effort with law enforcement, schools and local traffic safety boards. Every time a school bus stops and you see those blinking lights, a vehicle can’t pass in either direction. Sergeant Phair says there’s a common misconception when it comes to passing a school bus.
“Even on a divided 4-lane, 2-lane highway or roadway you still need to stop on the other side of the divide. If the school bus puts out the red stop signs.” – Sergeant Carey Phair, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office
According to the New York State DMV, on average about 50,000 motorists pass stopped school buses each day. We rode along with Sergeant Phair this morning and followed one of Westmoreland’s school buses. Fortunately, we didn’t catch any driver’s in the act but the Sheriff’s Office continues to stress the importance of operation safe stop.
“We didn’t see any this morning, everybody followed the traffic rules this morning which is a good thing because it’s a safety concern.” – Sergeant Carey Phair, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office