Police officers hit the streets for operation 'No Pass'

Police officers hit the streets for operation 'No Pass'

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - On Wednesday morning, officers with the North Charleston Police Department were out in full force reminding drivers about the dangers of passing a stopped school bus and disregarding bus signals for operation "No Pass."

Kelli Morrison has been a school bus driver for more than a year and she like many bus drivers are worried for their riders.

Lt. Harry Roper with the North Charleston Police Department says operation "No Pass" is all about educating the public.

The morning commute can be hectic and frustrating for some. It can also be dangerous for students if drivers aren't paying attention or disobeying school bus signals.

"We want to bring awareness to the public, the safety issues involving and over taking a school bus and we want to educate the violators when they commit these violations" said Lt. Roper.

The North Charleston traffic division and the Durham bus company teamed up for operation "No Pass" to remind drivers about the violations of passing a stopped school bus.

The rule is when the yellow lights start flashing, vehicles are supposed to slow down. And when the red stop sign comes out with the red flashing light vehicles are supposed to stop, but sometimes drivers ignore both.

"Our focus is basically to educate the public today so if it's just a mere violation today, over taking a school bus, we are going to try and site them with a warning" said Lt. Roper.

Morrison says she hopes the operation gets the message out.

"I think it's a good thing. Hopefully it works. It should work, but we'll see" said Morrison.

This was the first year for the operation. School resource officers and the Charleston County School Board were also onboard with Wednesday's event.

About six cars were pulled over for violating school bus signals. If you're caught you could face a fine of more than $500 or put in jail for up to 30 days.

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