Operation Safe Stop aims to stop drivers from passing buses

Officers from around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day Thursday.

Officers from around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day Thursday.

Officers from around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day Thursday. (4/21/16)

HAVERSTRAW - Officers from around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day Thursday.

Officials say they spent the day looking for drivers who did not stop when school buses had their red lights flashing.

"You see they have cameras on the buses and people drive right through, nearly missing the children, so what we are out here trying to do is enforce the law," says Officer Charles Lowther, of the Rockland Sheriff's Office.

The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to educate drivers about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.

The law states that a driver must stop for flashing red lights. The red flashing lights indicate the bus is picking up or dropping off students. 

According to police, an estimated 50,000 drivers across New York state disregard school buses' flashing red lights.

The penalties for passing a school bus with its red lights flashing could be a $400 fine, five points on a driver's license and the possibility of up to six months jail time.

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