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Operation Safe Stop Reinforces Bus Safety

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Rush-Henrietta Central School District are partnering on an initiative called Operation Safe Stop, which is designed to keep children safe as they ride the bus to and from school.

On Wednesday, March 27, sheriff’s deputies patrolled local neighborhoods between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. No drivers were pulled over for passing a stopped school bus, but seven were stopped for aggressive driving; four were issued tickets. Aggressive driving is operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe and hostile manner without regard for others. This includes making frequent or unsafe lane changes, failing to signal or yield the right of way, tailgating, and disregarding traffic controls.

“Hopefully, just the presence of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office vehicles caused citizens to slow down and pay more attention yesterday,” says Capt. John Kennedy. “It is our hope that they continue to slow down and be diligent and aware while on our roadways, especially when children are being transported back and forth from their homes to school.”

An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York school buses every day. Last week, a Rush-Henrietta student was hit by a car that passed her school bus - on the right - while she was boarding. We are extremely fortunate that this young child was not more seriously injured.

When you are driving, please remember:

  • Yellow lights mean the bus is going to stop. This is the time to slow down.
  • Red lights mean students are getting on or off the bus. This is the time to stop.

Thank you for your cooperation on the roads as we work together to keep our children safe. We extend our gratitude to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for supporting this initiative. Both parties look forward to continuing these types of efforts. In fact, deputies from the sheriff’s B-Zone office - located in Henrietta - will be heading out to do this again.

“This was not a one-time partnership,” Kennedy says. “We will continue to be diligent in our efforts to keep the community safe.”