ALBANY, N.Y. -- Thursday is Operation Safe Stop Day, and the official kickoff to the statewide campaign. It's all part of the effort to draw attention to the danger of illegally passing a school bus.
Local law enforcement officials were in Latham to raise awareness about the effort. They said drivers illegally pass school buses about 50,000 times on a daily basis. During the campaign, New York State Police will join forces with local sheriff's departments to monitor bus stops to ensure drivers are following the law.
"We've reserved this day to work with law enforcement around the state who are monitoring and following buses. We've got some who are parked on corners waiting for people because we know that people pass on those corners everyday so we're going to get you today," said Peter Mannella, the executive director of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation. "We expect to write fifteen, sixteen hundred tickets just for illegal passing today."
An estimated 160 kids have been hit and injured by motorists passing school buses over the last 10 years.