Operation Safe Stop

School Bus Safety

School buses are a common sight during your morning and afternoon commutes. Did you know that state law requires drivers to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses with their red lights flashing and stop arm extended?

In October, the PA Department of Transportation partners with the State Police, local law enforcement, school districts, intermediate units, and school bus drivers to educate motorists about the laws of the road when it comes to school buses. It's part of a project called Operation Safe Stop taking place during National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 17-21.

State law requires motorists to stop when they are behind a school 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children are safely out of the road. 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.

Passing a stopped school bus, when children are boarding or stepping off, is both dangerous and illegal.

Pass it on. Do your part to raise awareness for School Bus Safety Week.


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