NC Troopers begin bus stop safety campaign Monday

NC troopers launch operation stop arm

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The North Carolina State Highway Patrol will begin a campaign called Operation Stop Arm on Monday.

Troopers said in a release that the week-long event will include educational programs as well as enforcement.

“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 State Highway Patrol, in the release. “While this operation is scheduled to conclude on Friday, our efforts will continue throughout the school year.”

Troopers will be out monitoring bus routes at the beginning and end of the school day.

It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus and violators could be issued a ticket and ordered to pay a civil penalty.

Several school districts have installed cameras to help catch law breaks.

Highway Patrol said that 3,100 cars pass stopped school buses in North Carolina, according to an estimate provided in 2017.