MHP implements Operation S.T.O.P.

Campaign promotes school bus safety
The law requires traffic to stop in both directions when the school bus stop sign is extended.
The law requires traffic to stop in both directions when the school bus stop sign is extended.(WHSV)
Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 5:27 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - The Mississippi Highway Patrol, working with the Mississippi Department of Education is implementing Operation S.T.O.P. (Safe Transport Of Pupils) traffic safety initiative.

The objective of Operation S.T.O.P. is to educate motorists regarding the dangers students face and to create a safer environment for school buses on the road. Throughout the school year, MHP will place emphasis on school bus loading zones and conduct saturation patrols in school zones in order to combat speeding and distracted driving issues.

“I encourage motorists to slow down and to watch for children at bus stops. We all want to ensure children arrive to school and return home safely, and we can help achieve that by paying attention to our surroundings and by not passing a school bus stopped for pick up and drop off,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

“Our future literally boards a school bus every day and the priority for our Troopers will be to ensure the Safe Transport of Pupils to their destination,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, director of MHP. “We urge you to join us as we invest in the future of our state.”

MHP will conduct enforcement activities regarding the Operation S.T.O.P. campaign throughout the 2020 – 2021 school year.

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