Highway Patrolmen Crackdown On School Bus Stop Arm Law Violators

People who ignore school bus stop arms are the target of Highway Patrolmen this week.

The Highway Patrol says "Operation Stop Arm" is an aggressive crackdown on drivers who don't stop for school buses when they have their stop arms out. Officials say every school day, more than 2,000 drivers violate North Carolina's school bus stop arm law.

In recent years, three children were killed at bus stops while trying to get on or off their bus.

The crackdown lasts all week.

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  • by curious Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2009 at 02:30 PM
    I may be wrong....but don't the school buses have cameras on the stop signs that record violators license plate #s? I know I have read about this before but not sure if it is in this area or not. But, if it is, wouldn't that catch the offenders? Just curious to find out about it. So, if anyone has the answer to this, I would like to know. Thanks
  • by anon on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:44 AM
    Every week I watch cars pass by a stopped school bus while dropping kids at Jarvis Boys and Girls Club. The bus stops directly in front of the door to Greenville PD. That might also be a good place to start.
  • by mother Location: Bertie on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:22 AM
    I will be the first to say watch out and stop for a stopped school bus, but you should also have a talk with the drivers. They need to put their stop signs our far enough ahead some the motorist can stop. I have had it happen to me and also seen it several times, they will put it on when they stop not ahead of time and believe me it is sometimes hard to stop especially if you are on a big truck. Just the other day I had one to stop in front of me about 5 p. m. and I could not see any kids getting off,after about 5 to 10 minutes here comes a little kid carrying a little one about 2 years old or younger and put them on the bus then went back across the road to the trailer park, so in my opinion you need to talk to the bus drivers, they also need to be careful and think of the motorist and yes the motorist need to be alert if they see a school bus and stop when the sign is out.
  • by Parent Location: Bertie on Oct 19, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    Gee, but just think.....this story being printed just may have saved my kid from being ran over this week by someone whom may not have stopped otherwise. They should have said this would have lasted the rest of the school year....
  • by bell Location: jacksonville nc on Oct 19, 2009 at 04:57 AM
    my son is 7 year's old. he get's his bus in the morning between 7:15,and 7:30 am on piney green rd. at 1253. car's pass right by the bus all the time. we do stand out with him in going,and comeing home from school. we have had to make car's stop ourself's. so is some one going to start being out there?
  • by Gee Location: Greenville on Oct 19, 2009 at 03:40 AM
    Hmm, you know how many would-be violators just got a heads up warning not to run any school bus stop arms this week? Thanks WITN! I stop, of course...but now many people who are guilty of not stoppping, got a heads up and this week they are going to obey that rule and watch out for state troopers, which will make their 'sting operation' pointless....?

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