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Operation Safe Stop Raises Awareness of School Bus Safety Laws

Published April 24, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

As a reminder to all New York drivers to drive safely around school buses, the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) conducted ‘Operation Safe Stop’ last week. April 18 was dedicated to promoting school bus safety through education and enforcement efforts.

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys support the extra effort our state safety advocates took to keep our children safe. We encourage all drivers in the Binghamton area to be especially cautious around school buses.

According to the GTSC, nearly 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day. With that figure in mind, police officers climbed aboard school buses and patrolled in marked and unmarked cars on selected bus routes with a history of illegal passing complaints. The troopers were prepared to issue tickets to drivers who passed stopped school buses.

With still several months left in the school year, now is a good time to remind all New York drivers of the school bus laws. The following information is from SafeNY:

  • It is illegal – and very dangerous – to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights located on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.
  • You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.
  • You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.
  • The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 to $400 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possibly 30 days in jail.

Keep in mind that New York State is one of only a few states that requires drivers to stop even if they are on a divided highway. The number of fatalities resulting from drivers illegally passing a school bus is low, but the risk for injury is high.

SafeNY notes, “The memory of hitting or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life!” Our Binghamton personal injury lawyers agree that there is no appointment important enough to jeopardize the life of a child, and yours, by speeding around a stopped school bus. We encourage all drivers to practice safe driving at all times, but to be especially alert when children are around.

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Experience counts. If your child has suffered injuries as a result of a New York vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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