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National Stop Arm Violation Count

 

While school buses remain incredibly safe, students who ride in buses are most vulnerable when they are outside the bus in the “danger zone.” In 2010, NASDPTS passed a resolution initiating the first national survey to determine the prevalence of illegal passing of school buses. Using that data as a starting point, NASDPTS encourages improved safety countermeasures at the state or national level. Here is the NASDPTS Resolution directing the effort.

NASDPTS requests that each state choose a single day on which to have school bus operators (public and contracted) observe and report any instances of motorists illegally passing their school buses. It is recommended that the survey be conducted on a state-designated, representative school day from March 1 to May 31. State directors are encouraged to enlist assistance from their state associations as needed.

The following video, captured from an on-board school bus camera in West Virginia, shows the seriousness of stop arm violations. Fortunately this one is categorized as a "near miss" rather than a fatality.

Near Miss Video

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Results

Select a school year below to see results of the annual Stop Arm Violation Counts.

State Laws Regarding Passing School Buses 
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