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10/31/19 Troopers crack down on bus laws

Troopers crack down on bus laws
231 tickets written during Operation Stop Arm
By Elizabeth Pattman, The Times-News 10/31/19    
Reprinted with permission.
Troopers across North Carolina cracked down on school bus safety laws last week during the Highway Patrol’s annual Operation Stop Arm. In Alamance County, the operation yielded 231 tickets for a variety of traffic violations and one drug arrest.

Operation Stop Arm is an annual effort by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol to enforce school bus safety laws and encourage safe driving habits along bus routes and in school zones, according to Master Trooper Brandon Baker.

The operation ran from Monday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Oct. 25. Unlike most other Highway Patrol campaigns, Operation Stop Arm runs only during daylight hours, Baker said.

“The operational plan (was) to be more present in school zones, following behind school buses while on routes and being visible around these high traffic school areas,” Baker said.

Troopers were strategically placed throughout the county “to be present and be visible to hopefully prevent anything from occurring.”

While troopers enforce school bus stop laws and speed limits through school zones every day, Baker said the increased presence during Operation Stop Arm reminds drivers of safe habits after the back to school season precaution has worn off.

Throughout the five day operation, troopers in Alamance County wrote 231 tickets, though no tickets were written for passing a bus with its stop arm out, Baker said.

Tickets included 38 seat belt violations, one child safety seat violation, 90 speeding tickets, eight driving with a license revoked violations, six driving without a license violations, and 88 other non-specified traffic violations.

One misdemeanor drug charge arrest was made, according to Baker’s data.