New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law 1174(A) requires drivers to stop from either direction, even on a divided highway any time a school bus red lights are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students. Most school bus related deaths and injuries occur while children cross the street after being discharged from the bus, not in collisions that involve school buses. Passing a school bus with red lights is not only dangerous, but it is illegal and punishable with fines ranging from $250 to $1,000. Five points may be assessed to one’s driver’s license, and penalties can also include possible imprisonment (up to 30 days for the first offense and180 days for a third or subsequent conviction).
Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. Operation Safe Stop is a cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, the student transportation industry and state, county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
What should you do while waiting for the bus? While boarding the bus? While on the bus? While getting off the bus? These questions are answered in General School Bus Safety Rules
Taking the bus for the first time is a big step for your child. Help your kids get a gold star in bus safety by following the Safe Kids School Bus Safety Tips
Our children’s safety is our utmost priority and school bus drivers take their responsibility very seriously. The Dutchess County School Bus Driver of the Year award seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts. Each year we like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all the bus drivers who transport our children with such care and to remind drivers that they also have a very important role in school bus safety. Any school bus company/district may submit a nominee each year prior to Operation Safe Stop. The 2016 winner is Heather McCaffrey from Arlington Central School District (2002 –2017 Winners).