You're already late to work or an appointment. Lights start to flash from an oncoming school bus, and you ignore the the signs to stop. Big mistake.

According to WMUR News 9, police in the Granite State have launched Operation: Safe Stop. Beginning yesterday, police in Manchester issued their first ticket under the program while school buses were picking up students. The law applies to buses of all sizes. For example, in a case yesterday, the driver accused of not stopping for a bus told the officer that she didn't realize she had to stop for small school buses, as well as the full-size ones, police said. According to the report, the driver was charged a fine of $124.

The program has support from local and state government. According to the Department of Safety, more than 170,000 students ride school buses every day in New Hampshire, but data doesn't exist on how many drivers are failing to obey the law.





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