Number of Illegal School Bus Passes at a Record High
The latest survey conducted by The New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) has shown the highest number of motorists who did not stop for school buses dropping off, or picking up kids. The study was conducted in over 35 school districts on January 19th, 2017.
The 878 drivers involved in the survey say they were passed a total of 727 times. A total of 88 passes were reported on the right side of the bus, the side on which kids enter and exit the bus. The NYAPT demonstrates that if these statistics were applied to 50,000 buses in New York State, the number of illegal passes would equate to 41,401 by 5,011 drivers. In a release,
NYAPT President, Lori Ann Savino (Jericho Public Schools), noted that “Our school bus safety family is deeply concerned about this persistent child safety problem. We do all we can to protect our children from harm and to get them to school and home every day safely. We only ask that motorists pay attention and follow the law that requires them to STOP for those red lights.”
Officials are urging motorists to remember the simple message, "STOP FOR THE SCHOOL BUS! It's all for the safety of our children." The NYAPT is also urging legislators to to allow for digital camera images to be used in prosecuting these violators. They are hopeful for legislative action in this session.
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