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Highway Patrol to Conduct Operation Stop Arm

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will conduct “Operation Stop Arm” during the week of October 17-21 in conjunction with National School Bus Safety Week.

The operation is intended to promote traffic safety around schools, school buses, and school bus stops. Nearly 3,000 motorists disregard school bus stop arms each day in North Carolina. “Operation Stop Arm” is aimed at increasing awareness and gaining voluntary compliance from the motoring public.

Troopers will participate by patrolling school zones, conducting “Follow-A-School Bus” activities, and aggressively enforcing violations of North Carolina law, which prohibits passing a stopped school bus while the bus is displaying its mechanical stop signal or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers.

Passing a stopped school bus is a Class 1 misdemeanor. If convicted, a person will receive five points on their driver’s license and is subject to a minimum fine of $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 death.

For more information concerning school bus safety and illegal passing, visit the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s school bus safety website at