In New York, 50,000 cars go past a stopped school bus every single day.
Officials with the New York Association for Pupil Transportation say it doesn’t have to be this way, and it all starts with education. They’re highlighting Operation Safe Stop at their annual Winter Workshop.
The two-day conference started with a plea to continue educating the public about not passing stopped buses. It’s illegal, and puts students’ lives at risk.
Bus drivers say they can’t believe people still pass them, especially when they have on the bus’ flashing lights.
"You literally feel your heart sink to your stomach and you want to throw up," said Operation Safe Stop Coordinator Belinda Govich. "You think 'what is wrong with that person? They could have killed someone. How did they not see me? How do they not know what they’re supposed to do?' You go home and rethink, 'is this what I really want to do?' because you realize what a big responsibility you have."
Speakers at Thursday's event also spoke in support of legislation that would allow the installation of automated cameras outside of buses. The idea is those cameras would catch drivers who try to pass.