Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

Operation Safe Stop

Animated School Bus Operation Safe Stop

Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is Thursday, April 26, 2018.

The Operation Safe Stop Reporting Form for April 26, 2018 enforcement activities is available. The due date for agencies to submit the form is May 11, 2018. Forms can either be faxed to the GTSC at 518-473-6946 or emailed to the GTSC at

The 2017 Operation Safe Stop Enforcement Report (pdf) for April 27, 2017 enforcement activities is available.

School Bus Safety information

Share the Road with School Buses

And Kids! See our kids page to learn about getting on the school bus safely!!!

National School Bus Safety Week is October 15 - 19, 2018. The theme for 2018 is "My Driver - My Safety Hero!" More information is available at the National Association for Pupil Transportation.

Kids Going to School

This page prepared in cooperation with Operation Safe Stop.

Operation Safe Stop School Bus Safety Message


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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.

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An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.

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$$ -- FINES -- $$
By Conviction Minimum Fine Maximum Fine Possible Imprisonment
First Conviction $250.00 $400.00 Up to 30 days
Second Conviction
(within 3 years)
$600.00 $750.00 Up to 180 days
Third or Subsequent Convictions
(within 3 years)
$750.00 $1,000.00 Up to 180 days


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Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. Slow down!

Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus.


The goal of Operation Safe Stop is to proactively educate motorists about the dangers of passing stopped school buses.


Operation Safe Stop Education and Enforcement Day is Thursday, April 26, 2018.

On April 26, 2018 law enforcement officers around the state participated in Operation Safe Stop Day.  During "Safe Stop," police officers are on board school buses and in marked and unmarked patrol units on selected bus routes that have a history of illegal passing complaints.

Police issued tickets to drivers who pass stopped school buses (Section 1174 of the Vehicle & Traffic Law).  All violations were reported to a central command post so that final figures are available to state and local officials as well as the media.

Members of the media were invited to ride along and cover Operation Safe Stop in their areas. If you have questions about Operation Safe Stop, please contact:

Thomas A. Weeks
Area Safety & Compliance Supervisor
S.T.A. / Ridge Road Express
8687 Rochester Road
Gasport, NY 14067
Ph: (716) 772-7017
Fax:(716) 772-7019