Special to Iredell Free News
RALEIGH — In support of Operation Stop Arm week, the N.C. State Highway Patrol will be aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops.
The operation will run daily from 6 a.m. on Monday, October 18, through 5 p.m. on Friday, October 22, and runs in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week. The SHP expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.
“The ultimate goal of this week is to help educate, spread awareness and work to prevent needless tragedies involving our children,” said Col. Freddy L. Johnson Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “All roadway users can join our commitment to putting an end to stopped school bus violations. By adhering to speed limits and avoiding distractions we can make great strides in reaching this attainable goal.”
Passing a stopped school bus is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a person will receive five driving points on their driver’s license and is subject to fines up to $500. Passing a stopped school bus is a Class I felony if the driver strikes an individual and a Class H felony should the violation result in a death.
For further information concerning school bus safety and illegal passing please visit the Department of Public Instruction’s school bus safety web site at http://www.ncbussafety.org/.