Operation Stop Arm Campaign
The NC Highway Patrol says we can no longer ignore the signs.
"Operation Stop Arm" Week began Monday morning across the state, drawing attention to the law too many choose not to obey. That includes passing stopped school buses and speeding in school zones.
Troopers are following school buses in both marked and unmarked vehicles to help decrease violations and school bus collisions. Many mountain buses are equipped with cameras to catch violators. But even that's not enough.
In the past year, four North Carolina children have died because motorists failed to stop for the bus.
"And when people run these stop arms they run the risk of hitting a child," says Trooper Gene Williamson. "It'd be like running through a parking lot and hitting a child. So when these children are unprotected when they get off the buses it's very serious. "
If convicted of passing a stopped school bus, five driving points can be added to your driving record as well as hundreds of dollars in fines and court costs.