Norristown, West Norriton Police Conducting 'Operation Safe Stop' Today

Police and Montgomery County Health Department officials will be following school buses today, looking for drivers who violate the state’s school bus stopping law.

Drivers travelling through Norristown and West Norriton this morning may want to play especially close attention to obeying traffic laws.

According to a release issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), local and state police, school districts and student transportation contractors will join forces in communities throughout the state today to conduct "Operation Safe Stop" – a school-bus safety public awareness and enforcement campaign designed to educate drivers about Pennsylvania’s school-bus stopping law.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. PennDOT, the Montgomery County Health Department and Norristown and West Norriton Police departments will be following school buses to Gotwals and Whitehall Elementary schools, watching for drivers who violate the state’s school bus stopping law. 

The operation is part of National School Bus Safety Week, which runs through Oct. 26. Participating law-enforcement officers will follow or ride buses, while others in hidden locations will stay on alert to issue citations. If possible, school bus drivers will also collect data regarding the frequency, time of day and location of illegal passes to help determine the extent of the safety risk in those communities.

For more information about school bus safety, visit PennDOT’s highway safety website and select “Traffic Safety Information Center,” then “School Bus Safety.” The website offers an interactive feature illustrating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law to help motorists learn what to do when approaching or travelling behind a school bus. 


Jess October 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Jess October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM
IT's noce to see Norristown doing SOMETHING! Now we need a "Operation Safe Streets" and get other police officers out there doing more.
OMG October 25, 2012 at 03:31 PM
They should have been down on Arch and Main Street yesterday as we waited for the bus to let the kids off. I don't know how you can't see a big yellow bus sitting there with bright red lights blinking as if we are just sitting there for nothing, and the car just fly's around us until I layed on my horn and they stopped. I wanted to get out of my car and just punch the hell out of her. That's how kids get hit.
lilly king December 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM
New to the neighbrohood. I cant under stand why so much murder and may-ham seems to take place in such a small section in norristown, and the ripple affects from this area seems to hold this little borough hostage. It seems to me,The trouble is on the east of markley all the way over to arch street from the 1100 block down to main street, it's out of control. On the west side of the hot spot is marshall street. which is on fire; I travel on this street with my job route and I dont feel safe there not even in the day time. that's sad to say. And what about the children who live their. who hear the gun fire and sometimes see the shootings and kayouse. think about it - the police has set-up operation safe streets "thats nice but now it.s time for us to make a stance in our comminity and save it. we all know some stranger didn't come into our living space and shoot our kids and our men. speeck-up. it's time to turn them in. No ransom is needed come on lets get these idiots off the streets. Save your self and your children. RIGHT NOW.... peace here we can do it. Lilly J.


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