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PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSHSalisbury Police Department Cpl. Christopher Casey joins local and state law enforcement officers across the state in Operation Safe Stop to help educate the public of the danger and illegality of motorists passing a stopped school bus when the bus is picking up or discharging student passengers. Casey stakes out an area of known violations and shadows a Salisbury school PRESS PHOTO BY JIM MARSHSalisbury Police Department Cpl. Christopher Casey joins local and state law enforcement officers across the state in Operation Safe Stop to help educate the public of the danger and illegality of motorists passing a stopped school bus when the bus is picking up or discharging student passengers. Casey stakes out an area of known violations and shadows a Salisbury school

School bus traffic detail ensures student safety

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by JIM MARSH Special to The Press in Local News

Salisbury police participated Oct. 18 in the 21st annual Operation Safe Stop program conducted in communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as part of National School Bus Safety Week.

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.

“#STOP ON RED!” was the theme of the 2017 National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 16 to 19. It is a unique reminder to motorists and students about the dangers that exist outside the school bus.

Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn and all children have reached safety.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, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.