Two York County school districts will team up with local police departments to crack down on people who violate bus safety laws during Operation Safe Stop Wednesday.
Passing a stopped school bus when children are loading or unloading is illegal. The annual event is an effort to raise awareness about the consequences of illegal school bus passes, and to reduce the number of those occurrences.
Bus drivers in the Eastern York School District and the South Western School District will document any illegal passes that occur on their routes on Wednesday. The drivers will report identifying information about the vehicle and driver to local authorities.
The Hellam Township Police Department and the West Manheim Police Department will work with the school districts and monitor traffic activity. This could include following buses on their routes, placing marked cars at bus stops or having officers ride the buses with students.
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.
Convictions of violating the School Bus Stopping Law result in all of the following penalties: Drivers' licenses are suspended for 60 days, they receive five points on their driving records and are assessed a $250 fine.