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Plum School District officials, borough police reinforce bus stop safety

Michael DiVittorio
| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 11:09 p.m.
Fran Sciullo, Holiday Park Elementary principal, greets Katrina Evankovich and other students at their bus stop as part of Operation Safe Stop on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.
Fran Sciullo, Holiday Park Elementary principal, greets Katrina Evankovich and other students at their bus stop as part of Operation Safe Stop on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.
Fran Sciullo, Holiday Park Elementary principal, greets Dylan Gallagher, Ben McClintock, and Jonathan Rivett at their bus stop on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, during Operation Safe Stop.
Fran Sciullo, Holiday Park Elementary principal, greets Dylan Gallagher, Ben McClintock, and Jonathan Rivett at their bus stop on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, during Operation Safe Stop.

Plum School District officials and police visited problematic bus stops in an effort to increase safety and educate drivers and students of traffic laws.

Pennsylvania’s 22nd annual Operation Safe Stop took place Oct. 24 as part of National School Bus Safety Week, which ran from Oct. 22-26.

Plum’s efforts were coordinated by Holiday Park Elementary Principal Fran Sciullo.

“We did identify some problem areas as per feedback from bus drivers working the front lines,” he said.

Administrators were at those stops in the early morning of Operation Safe Stop.

Students were instructed to stand off to the side and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before attempting to enter.

Exact locations were kept confidential for student safety, said Charlene Payne, district communications specialist.

“Operation Safe Stop was a success,” said Payne. “The event created an opportunity for administrators to talk with parents and students about bus stop and pedestrian safety. The identified bus stops were chosen to ensure that traffic at these locations was following standard motor vehicle laws.”

State law requires motorists who approach a bus that has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended to stop at least 10 feet away from the bus. Drivers must stop when they are behind the bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.

Penalties for a violation include a $250 fine, a 60-day driver’s license suspension and five points on your driving record.

Sciullo said students in kindergarten through sixth grade also had lessons in pedestrian safety throughout the week.

“It served as a reminder that we must constantly keep this first and foremost before anything else takes place,” Sciullo said. “Safety is our No. 1 strategic goal for (the) district. It was great to be visible so that the cars could see us, the students and parents could see us promoting (the) safety of our students and pedestrians to and from school.”

Borough police also increased patrols around school bus stops as part of the effort.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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