On Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the Timberlane Regional School District will cooperate with local, county and state law enforcement officials in the Operation Safe Stop program designed to (1) educate the public on laws about and the dangers of illegally passing stopped school buses with red lights flashing and stop arm extended; and (2) increase police presence targeting violators of this law.
We need your help to deliver a message to students, parents and people you know explaining it is life threatening to children when a motorist passes a school bus, from either direction, when the FLASHING RED LIGHTS are ON!.
A 2017 survey by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services with responses from 29 states shows a 104,000-school bus driver recorded a one-day snapshot showing 77,972 vehicles passing their buses illegally. These sample results alone show for a 180-day school year over 14 million violations by private motorists.
Our bus drivers report this takes place every day in our community. We cannot allow this to continue to happen. That is why our school district has chosen to support Operation Safe Stop’s goal of educating as many individuals as possible to protect the lives of our students.
Thanks for taking time to read this and becoming involved in Operation Safe Stop!
Tom Geary, Business Operations Coordinator
April 26, 2018