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Operation Safe Stop
The West Jefferson Hills School District, Elizabeth Borough, Jefferson Hills and Pleasant Hills Police Departments, and Matthews Bus Company will join forces to participate in the 2017 Operation Safe Stop on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 as part of National School Bus Safety Week. Operation Safe Stop is a statewide, public-safety campaign to educate motorists about the dangers of passing a stopped school bus. WJHSD Director of Security/School Police Officer Jim Modrak will work with Matthews Bus Company to identify a list of bus stops or routes with a high frequency of violations. Local law enforcement will be actively monitoring these locations to issue any citations and educate drivers on Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law. PennDOT is asking all school district bus drivers to document any illegal passes that occur on their routes during Operation Safe Stop.

Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT 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or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.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.
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