RALEIGH, N.C. — Troopers across the state are taking measures to reduce the illegal passing of school buses and other school-related traffic violations this week as part of an annual campaign.
As part of Operation Stop Arm, North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers are riding on school buses and using unmarked vehicles to monitor bus routes to and from schools, officials said in a news release. The campaign also includes an increase in educational programs and enforcement in and around school zones.
“Every child should be afforded a safe means of travel as they attend their respective educational institution,” said Colonel Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the Highway Patrol. “While this operation is scheduled to conclude on Friday, our efforts will continue throughout the school year.”
As another effort to raise public awareness, the Highway Patrol partnered with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University to produce a public service announcement (PSA) on school bus safety. View the PSA below.