Operation Safe Stop Brings Attention to a Continuing and Growing Problem
Matthews Buses joined NYAPT, the New York School Bus Contractors Association and law enforcement officials from throughout the state on April 27, 2017 for the annual Operation Safe Stop events designed to bring attention to the continuing problem of motorists who pass stopped school buses as children are boarding or disembarking. The program is a cooperative effort that includes the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the New York State Education Department along with school administrators and industry professionals.
The New York School Bus Contractors Association event was held at the Marlboro Elementary School and included Ulster County officials and New York State Senate staff members. NYSBCA President Michael Martucci noted that an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses every day. This happens in spite of the fact that a first offense carries a minimum $250 fine and 5 points on the offender’s license, as well as the possibility of 30 days jail time.
Speaking on behalf of the New York State School Bus Distributors Association, Matthews Buses’ Paul Daniels expressed support for legislation proposed by Senator Rich Funke which would increase the minimum fine to $400.
NYAPT hosted its statewide event in the Binghamton area. Matthews Buses’ Ron Northrop joined NYAPT Executive Director Peter Manella as well as transportation pros from Owego-Apalachin, Union-Endicott and Chenango Forks.
In the Capital District, the entire membership of the local NYAPT chapter was on hand with state and local law enforcement officials.