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Highway Patrol Focusing On Stop Arm Violations
Photo courtesy of North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Highway Patrol Focusing On Stop Arm Violations

In support of Operation Stop Arm week, which is this week, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is aggressively enforcing stop arm and other traffic violations in and around school zones and school bus stops. The operation is running daily through 5:00 p.m. this Friday (October 22) and runs in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week. Highway Patrol expects Operation Stop Arm will decrease violations and reduce school bus incidents involving children.

Passing a stopped school bus is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a person will receive five driving points on their driver’s license and is subject to fines up to $500. Passing a stopped school bus is a Class I felony if the driver strikes an individual and a Class H felony should the violation result in a death.

For further information concerning school bus safety and illegal passing, visit the Department of Public Instruction’s school bus safety web site at www.ncbussafety.org. For more information about this campaign, contact First Sgt. Chris Knox at (984)349-6577 or email at Christopher.Knox@ncdps.gov.