Operation Stop Arm

Wilmington, NC – In an attempt to enhance the safety of children on school buses, the state is holding its annual program Operation Stop Arm.

The program is designed to crack down on motorists, who choose to pass a stopped school bus while dropping off and picking up children.

Lt. Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says, each school day over 1,000 of these violations take place throughout the state.

To increase safety around various bus stops around the state of N.C. troopers will be enforcing all traffic laws, speed laws, and other laws around bus stops, around schools to make sure people are abiding by those laws.

Clendein says in the past four years, two children have been killed and many more injured at bus stops by passing motorists.