The N.C. Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across North Carolina launched a one-week crackdown Monday on motorists who speed through school zones and pass stopped school buses.
The campaign is called Operation Stop Arm and it will run from Monday through Friday. Troopers said the goal is to decrease the number of incidents involving school zone speeding and infractions of the school bus stop-arm laws.
State law enforcement officials conducted a one-day check March 26, counting the number of motorists who passed school buses with their stop arms extended. Officials said more than 3,100 motorists were spotted breaking the law in a single day.
Parents have complained for years about motorists not observing the 25 mph school zone limits in Charlotte, especially on four-lane roads near schools – such as Park Road (South Mecklenburg High School and Quail Hollow Middle School); Pineville-Matthews Road (Providence High School, Elizabeth Lane Elementary School); Rama Road (Rama Road Elementary School, McClintock Middle School); and Idlewild Road (Idlewild Road Elementary School).
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction said 13 students have been killed in the past 15 years while heading to school or coming home.