CLEARFIELD – With school back in session, motorists are urged to use caution around school buses.
At Thursday’s Clearfield Borough Council meeting, Police Chief Vincent McGinnis said the police department will be conducting “Operation Safe Stop” throughout the borough on Oct. 18.
McGinnis said the officers will be patrolling around bus stops to make sure motorists are abiding by the traffic laws to keep the student safe
According to PennDOT’s Web site, Operation Safe Stop is a public awareness and enforcement effort to educate the motoring public that passing a stopped school bus, when children are loading or unloading, is both dangerous and illegal.
Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT have combined their efforts to raise public awareness about the potential consequences and reduce the occurrence of illegal school bus passes.
Pennsylvania’s School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and all children have reached safety.
If physical barriers, such as grassy medians, guiderails or concrete median barriers, separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.