Cobb Police Department staff is conducting Operation Stop Arm and warns all drivers to respect school buses.
All traffic in both directions must stop when school buses stop for passengers, except when there is a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop.
Cobb School District, CPD and American Traffic Solutions recently released a video to help educate the community about the latest student safety initiative. The video explains how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solutions works.
On average, each school bus is illegally passed once every day and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 20 children under the age of 19 die every year as pedestrians getting on and off buses.
When officers catches drivers violating the School Bus Stop Law, the penalties are a possible court appearance, an up to $1,000 fine, six points on driving record and a license suspension for convicted drivers under 21-years-old.
When a stop arm camera catches drivers, the penalties are a $300 fine for the first offense, $750 fine for the second offense and $1,000 fine for the third offense, within a five year period.