The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is once again rolling out Operation Safe Stop to provided added safety for school buses transporting children to schools as districts across the county resume in-classroom learning.
During Operation Safe Stop, deputies in marked Sheriff’s patrol vehicles are assigned to follow school buses on their normal routes as the buses pick up and drop off children for school. The patrols are watching for traffic-related offenses such as passing school buses and other violations related to aggressive driving and traffic violations that put children at risk, said Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.
“Please do your part and use caution when approaching school buses,” Dougherty said in a news release. “The statistics tell that tale of the dangers involved with motorists passing through the red lights of stopped buses.”
Multiple deputies have been assigned to Operation Safe Stop duty in the six school districts where deputies serve as school resource officers. The districts include Dansville, Genesee Valley BOCES in Mount Morris, Keshequa, Livonia, Mount Morris and York.
Operation Safe Stop seeks to promote school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts and will continue to be used periodically throughout the school year.
“Please help us keep our kids safe by reducing your speeds and preparing to stop when approaching,” Dougherty said.
Operation Safe Stop is supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the state Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association, and the student transportation industry.