(WXYZ) — Law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan will be targeting drivers who illegally pass school buses this week for Operation Safe Stop.
The operation is part of National School Bus Safety Week which runs between Oct. 19-23.
“We learn it as kindergarteners; red means stop. It’s as simple as that,” said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning. “Even with remote learning happening throughout the state, buses are still on the road. When you see the flashing lights, stop.”
Last year, there were 1,197 crashes involving school buses in Michigan.
Drivers should prepare to stop when they see the overhead flashing yellow lights, and stop at least 20 feet away from a bus when the lights turn red. Drivers who pass a stopped school bus could get a ticket with a fine between $100 and $500.
“Every time a driver ignores the flashing lights or stop arm of a bus, they are putting a student’s life in danger,” said Kellie Dean, president and CEO of Dean Transportation. “Operation Safe Stop will help keep students safe and will educate drivers on how to safely share the road with buses.”