Operation Safe Stop
Each year, through Operation Safe Stop, law enforcement agencies, school transportation providers, pupil transportation associations and PennDOT have combined their efforts to raise public awareness about potential consequences and reduce the occurrence of illegal school bus passes.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, PennDOT has decided to postpone the fall Operation Safe Stop (OSS) Campaign until the spring of 2021. Due to the nature of this program and the many unknowns surrounding in-person education it was determined that delaying until the spring would be the best approach at this time.
National School Bus Safety week is October 19th – 23rd, 2020 and PennDOT is still encouraging school bus safety week activities and everyone’s continued support to ensure our children are transported to and from school safely. PennDOT will be releasing a series of messages in support of National School Bus Safety week through it social media channels. If you have not followed the Department’s Facebook page, we encourage you to do so.
Pennsylvania's School Bus Stopping Law requires motorists to stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended. Motorists must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped. Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety. If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.