Geneseo Police Department Joins Operation Safe Stop
Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian has announced that on May 2, 2019, the Geneseo Police Department is participating in Operation Safe Stop, a statewide cooperative project supported by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, the New York State Education Department, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation, the New York State School Bus Contractors Association and local county, city and local law enforcement agencies.
“We normally follow our school buses in the Village daily to observe any violations. We have a radio in each patrol car that can communicate with each Geneseo School bus, so if there is an issue they can communicate directly with the officer on duty,” said Osganian.
This statewide initiative was first launched in 2003 to help combat the rising issues of passing stopped school buses while picking up and dropping off students. Current figures show that 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day. In a single year passing motorists caused 17 crashes at school bus stops which resulted in 61 injuries.
According to the Geneseo Central School District’s Transportation Department, the school has 850 eligible students throughout 15 bus routes.
“Even with this we still have several complaints of our school buses being passed when picking up or discharging students. Our goal is to not have any violations of vehicles passing our school buses when their emergency lights are activated,” said Osganian.
The Geneseo Police Department has put out reminders to motorists to help alleviate any possible violations:
● Remember buses make frequent stops. Be prepared to stop for them.
● Never pass a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing on the right or left.
● Watch for children who cross in front of the bus when the bus is stopped.
● Look for children at bus stops and those running to bus stops.
● By law school buses are required to stop at railroad crossings.