Annual North Carolina school bus safety action begins

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State troopers will emphasize safety around school zones and buses this week during North Carolina’s annual “Operation Stop Arm” enforcement effort.

The Highway Patrol along with Department of Public Instruction and Wake County school representatives will participate in a Monday news conference at the North Carolina State Fair to talk about the initiative.

Troopers plan to aggressively enforce stop-arm and other school-related traffic violations this week. In previous years, troopers have ridden on buses and in unmarked patrol cars.

North Carolina bus drivers involved in annual one-day counting exercises routinely record more than 3,000 vehicles breaking stop-arm rules.

A 2017 law gave counties the right to impose civil penalties on motorists caught on school bus cameras passing buses that are picking up or dropping off children.

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