Cobb School Bus Stop Arm Initiative

Take a closer look at the School Bus Stop Law, the penalties for violating it, statistics on drivers illegally passing school buses and how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solutions work.

 Cobb Police Department staff is conducting Operation Stop Arm and warns all drivers to respect school buses.

The Law

All traffic in both directions must stop when school buses stop for passengers, except when there is a divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation. In that case, only traffic following the bus must stop.

Cobb School District, CPD and American Traffic Solutions recently released a video to help educate the community about the latest student safety initiative. The video explains how the CrossingGuard school bus stop arm safety solutions works.


On average, each school bus is illegally passed once every day and, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 20 children under the age of 19 die every year as pedestrians getting on and off buses.


When officers catches drivers violating the School Bus Stop Law, the penalties are a possible court appearance, an up to $1,000 fine, six points on driving record and a license suspension for convicted drivers under 21-years-old.

When a stop arm camera catches drivers, the penalties are a $300 fine for the first offense, $750 fine for the second offense and $1,000 fine for the third offense, within a five year period.

For more information, visit operationstoparm.info for education materials and PSA videos.

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Pam J October 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I think the only thing that confuses people is the divided highway thing. Other than that, I fail to understand why people pass buses that are stopped with the arm and "stop" sign out. I'm not sure they should be fined if they pass a bus. I think they should be arrested.
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