The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania conducted its 20th Annual Operation Safe Stop to increase public awareness and enforce efforts to educate the motoring public that passing a bus with flashing red lights is illegal and dangerous.
During the early morning hours of Oct. 19, the staff of First Student Location #12675 in Methacton, Pa., Lower Providence Police Department Officers and Pennsylvania State Troopers gathered to show a united front and to spread awareness within their communities about the importance of school bus safety.
Police officers followed buses that have experienced problems of motorists ignoring flashing red lights when children are entering or existing the bus.
Troopers also rode the buses to see firsthand what drivers experience on a daily basis- motorist ignoring flashing red lights and safety concerns drivers have for children who are entering or existing the bus.
First Student’s participation in this program proved to be beneficial and educational.
Parents and others in the community called or posted comments on social media as to why police were following the buses. This gave location staff the perfect opportunity to educate parents and others about the dangers of passing buses when lights are flashing red and about Operation Safe Stop.
After the morning routes concluded, First Student invited officers back to their location for a catered breakfast.
The breakfast provided a great opportunity for the staff and law enforcement to have an open dialogue about school bus safety, problem areas in the community and the new stop light cameras in certain areas of the community.
The day concluded with a photos opportunity and planning for next year’s event.
A big thank you to driver Theresa Priotte for organizing a successful Operation Safe Stop 2016 for Methacton’s First Student location.
Location Manager Amy Huffman said, “It just goes to show that when we all work together with the same goal to keep our students safe… amazing things happen!”